First Lady of Honduras, Ana de Hernández, and the five winners of the recent national drawing contest in Honduras, which promoted the Zero Hunger Challenge. Copyright: Honduras Government
In order to raise awareness in local public schools about the Zero Hunger Challenge, a campaign launched by the United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, WFP with the support of the Honduran Government held a national drawing contest throughout participating public schools that are beneficiaries of the National School Feeding Programme.
Over 21,000 children participated in the contest. The winners are as followed: Edgar Oziel Cortes (10) 4th grade from the Department of Copan, Daniela Elvir Barahona (10) 5th grade from the Department of Francisco Morazán, Jasleny Mayelin Lizardo Castellano (9) 4th grade from the Department of La Paz, Danny Josue Avila Sanchez (15) 8th grade from the Department of Atlántida and Mariela Alessandra Gáleas (10) 5th grade from the Department of Santa Bárbara. The winners received awards from the First Lady of Honduras, as well as, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, a computer for their schools libraries, and water filters.
“I am happy to have this opportunity to visit Tegucigalpa and represent my Department, I love to paint and my drawing depicts the importance of maiz in my community. For me a world without hunger means cultivating the land, through doing this there would be no hunger in Honduras”, expressed Danny Josué Ávila representative of the Atlántida Department.
The winners, their families and teachers appreciated the support that has been given to the children through such an event that motivates them to further strengthen their artistic abilities.
“I am very grateful for the First Lady, WFP, and BANPAIS* for making this event possible, I never would of imagined that my son’s drawings would be acknowledged and awarded by the highest authorities of my country, I am very happy and grateful to God for this”, commented Reyna Sánchez, mother of one of the winners.
One of the priorities for the First Lady of Honduras, Ana de Hernandez, are the children of Honduras and supporting events. This includes the recent Reto Hambre Cero: un mundo sin hambre (Zero Hunger Challenge: A World Without Hunger) drawing contest, which motivated young children to dream and to work towards achieving those dreams.
“For WFP organizing this contest together with the First Lady, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, and with the support of BANPAIS, has fostered the strengthening of values and the artistic skills of the schoolchildren benefited from the School Feeding Programme implemented by the Government of Honduras through a strategic partnership with WFP. Additionally this contest has provided the opportunity for these young artists to represent their country in an International Drawing Contest in Rome, Italy. Where we are sure we will place well”, said WFP Honduras Deputy Director, Eri Kudo.
The award ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace where the young artists’ work was recognized and put on display and the First Lady presented awards to the five winning entries.
*BANPAIS is a Honduran Financial Institution. And sponsor of the national drawing competition “Reto Hambre Cero: un mundo sin hambre"