To mark this year’s World Food Day, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will connect the lives and dreams of hungry children in developing countries with activists and supporters who are in a position to help them, through a new online platform.
ROME-- “Good nutritious food is the very foundation of healthy children and nations. It is time for us to end hunger and malnutrition among children once and for all,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, “But many children never get to realise their ambitions. Good nutrition provides the basic foundation for a better future. The onus is on all of us to mobilise the resources and awareness to make the dreams of every child come true.”
WFP’s “Feed a Child, Feed a Dream,” initiative has been launched ahead of World Food Day, 16 October, to provide a glimpse into the lives and aspirations of some of the children around the world who are receiving food from WFP, and to demonstrate how easy it is to help.
Visitors to www.wfp.org/dreams can meet children like Guilaye, from Senegal, who likes talking about football during his school breaks, and wants to be President, or Shiva from India, who is scared of nothing but snakes, and aspires to become a sweetshop owner.
The “Feed a Child, Feed a Dream,” platform also invites visitors to share their dreams of what they wanted to be when they were children, and to provide a donation that can feed a child for as little as 25 US cents a day.
“It’s heart-warming to hear what each of these children want to achieve in their lives, and inspiring to help them dream big,” Sheeran said. “When I was young, I dreamed of helping build a better world. Each and every one of these children is our future – we owe them the basic right to be free from hunger.”