The bilateral collaboration between the Government of Brazil and Australia resulted in a valuable rice contribution for school meals in Nicaragua’s public schools. The Brazilian Ambassador, Luis Felipe Mendonça Filho, above, stand with the delivery participants and the recipients of the rice donation.
By partnering with Brazil, the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) contributed with a donation of US$449,000, which covered the costs of ocean transportation from South America to Managua, Nicaragua. “I would like to thank the Government of Nicaragua, WFP, and the Government of Brazil for involving AusAID in this beautiful project,” said Sergio Rios Molina, the Honorary Consul of Australia in Nicaragua, during the handover ceremony.
The Vice Minister of Education, Norma Irías, received the contribution in the name of the Government of Nicaragua. In an activity performed along with the students, teachers, and parents of escuela Hispanidad ( a local school), she thanked both countries for their gesture of solidarity. In the picture, the Vice Minister and the Australian Consul distribute snacks at the end of the ceremony.
“Today is a day full of joy. As a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, I am so thankful for this valuable gesture. My seven children have studied in this school. Now my grandchildren and great grandchildren will benefit from this donation”, expressed Valdina Rosa Padilla (left), one of the mothers who cooks the meals for the students at Hispanidad.
“Brazil and Australia’s efforts, are embedded within the social policies of Nicaragua, to ensure a hot and complete meal to the children, which will contribute to their mental and physical health, and hence their education,” affirmed WFP representative, Helmut W. Raunch, in the picture with the Australian Consul and girls from Escuela Hispanidad.
The students of Escuela Hispanidad did not escape the soccer fever as the World Cup currently takes place. Although Nicaragua is not a participating country, many students expressed their hopes for Brazil to win. A small snack for the children included sandwiches with bread dyed with the colors of the Australian and Brazilian flags.