Swaziland, April 2005

Through to June 2006, WFP will provide food aid to about 200,000 of the most food insecure people, including orphans and vulnerable children from the drought and HIV/AIDS-affected areas of the Lowveld, Dry Middleveld and the Lubombo Plateau. During the peak “lean season” from January to March, this number will rise to as many as 230,000.

Orphans and Child-run Households: Of some 80,000 orphans in Swaziland, 11,000 live in child-run households. WFP provides food aid to approximately 300 neighbourhood care points where 35,000 vulnerable, out-of-school children are offered a secure and caring environment by a cadre of community volunteers.

School Feeding: WFP encourages children to continue their education by providing meals on school days. The food these children receive helps them to concentrate on their lessons and eases the food burden at home. School meals are provided to more than 65,000 pupils in 158 primary schools.

Photo: WFP/Rose Barbuto

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