Bags of cereals ready for delivery at Koureme port, near Timbuktu. Food arrives at the port by boat from WFP’s logistics base in Mopti before getting delivered to schools. Students receive a mixture of corn and soya for breakfast, and rice, millet, and beans for lunch.
The Koureme school is located in Kabara, a poor village with just 1250 inhabitants The community relies on fishing for its livelihood and is vulnerable to food crises such as the one in 2011-2012 that affected the entire country of Mali. The conflict that followed and the uncertain security situation caused many schools to close. As they have now reopened, students are on their way back to school.
By supporting these schools, WFP is encouraging families to send their children to school and improving their chances for the future. Now that he is regularly attending school, Ibrahima has new ambitions: he wants to continue his studies in Bamako in order to one day become a pilot.