KUALA LUMPUR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful to the Naza Group of Companies for its support to the organisation’s nutrition work targeting mothers and their young children in Asia, as well as to the “One Child. One Life. One Chance” fundraising campaign, endorsed by WFP’s Malaysian celebrity advocate Marion Caunter.
The Naza Group’s donation will allow WFP to provide specialised nutritious foods to over 3,000 pregnant or nursing mothers and their infants in operations in Asia which are most in need of financial support.
“We are pleased to support the World Food Programme in their efforts to provide the right food at the right time to pregnant women, new mothers and their young children in Asia,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman/CEO of the Naza Group of Companies, and a new father to a healthy baby girl with Ms. Caunter, Leia Rose Caunter Nasarudin.
“The provision of the right nutrition for the development of healthy bodies and healthy minds -- especially in first 1,000 days of life, from the womb to the age of two -- is crucial for the future of Asia. Without the right nutrition in their early years, children will never achieve their full development potential. Naza Group wants to play its part in the fight to end hunger in Asia, as it is a long-term investment in our region’s future,” said Nasarudin.
Naza will also be sponsoring an online WFP Hunger Quiz in July 2012, to build awareness and grow support from Malaysia for the fight against hunger in Asia. The online quiz (http://quiz.wfp.org/) will bear the branding of Naza Group of Companies to highlight the Malaysian private sector’s support to WFP.
“We’re grateful to NAZA Group of Companies for helping WFP invest in women, who are the secret weapon in the fight against hunger,” said WFP Deputy Director for Private Partnerships Monica Marshall. “Thanks to their support, we’re able to help mothers and children across Asia break the cycle of hunger and poverty.”
WFP works in over 70 countries around the world and in 14 countries in Asia, nourishing children through the whole life cycle, building the brains and bodies of the next generation.
For more information please contact (email address: email@example.com):
Marcus Prior, WFP Asia Spokesman – firstname.lastname@example.org and + 66 81 701 9208 (mobile)
Patricia Facultad, WFP Partnerships Manager – email@example.com and +66 81 9216573 (mobile)
For SM Nasarudin and NAZA Group of Companies:
Nicholas Gomez, General Manager- Corporate Communications for NAZA Group & Principal Liaison for SM Nasarudin - firstname.lastname@example.org and +60123207319