KRAFT SUPPORTS GIRLS' EDUCATION IN EGYPT
CAIRO The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a cash donation of US$50,000 from Kraft Foods to support a major girls' education initiative in Egypt through school feeding.
"Receiving this donation will help WFP expand its activities in Sohag province in upper Egypt, where, in cooperation with National Council of Motherhood and Childhood (NCCM), we are supporting government efforts to provide better education for girls and reduce the gender gap in primary schools," said Bishow Parajuli, WFP's Representative in Egypt.
"We hope this first-ever donation by Kraft to WFP will encourage other corporations to support our efforts in Egypt and elsewhere in the region," Parajuli added.
The donation will be used this year to help WFP provide a daily healthy snack to nearly 1,200 students in 40 schools in Sohag.
"Kraft Foods works to help people around the world eat and live better. We hope this contribution will add value to WFP operations in Egypt. We are proud to partner with WFP in improving education and addressing nutrition needs," said Lise Bergen, Kraft Foods' Corporate Affairs Director.
Kraft Foods is a global leader in branded foods and drinks with net revenues in 2004 of more than $32 billion. Kraft markets its brands in more than 150 countries, has approximately 200 manufacturing facilities worldwide, and more than 100,000 employees operating in 68 countries.
With the acquisition of Family Nutrition in 2003 Kraft became one of the largest private food companies in Egypt.Globally, Kraft donated $86 million in food and financial support in 2004 to non-profit organizations throughout the world focusing on hunger relief and healthy lifestyle.
The Girls' Education Initiative was launched by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, Chairperson of the Technical Consultative Committee of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), to improve female education and close the gender gap in primary school enrolment. The Initiative aims at serving more than half a million girls (six to 14 years old) in seven governorates.
The WFP school feeding programme is part of a US$50-million development project over five years (2003-2007) in Egypt to assist 410,000 people with about 28,800 tons of food every year.
WFP became active in Egypt in 1963, and since then has provided the country with food assistance valued at US$637 million.
For photos on WFP school feeding activities in Egypt, please call Mohamed Amasha at +2 02 754 5045 Ext 2612
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency: each year we give food aid to an average of 90 million people, including 56 million hungry children, in more than 80 countries.
WFP Global School Feeding Campaign For just 19 US cents a day, you can help WFP give children in poor countries a healthy meal at school - a gift of hope for a brighter future.
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