WFP Live Event Highlights Molly's World And Power Of School Meals For Growing Girls

Published on 05 March 2012

ROME – A 13-year-old Kenyan girl and her classmates will join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) live via video technology tomorrow, opening a rare window on life in one of the poorest districts of Nairobi.

Molly has documented pieces of her everyday life in Mathare Slum in a series of videos entitled “Molly’s World: A Girl Films Her Life in a Nairobi Slum.” She will share her experiences with other children in a live hook-up with an international school in Rome which will then be posted on WFP’s website on International Women’s Day (March 8).

Molly has received school meals from WFP for four years. “If you nourish a girl with school meals you feed her dreams and open up a world of opportunity,” said Nancy Roman, WFP’s Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships. “Using video technology to bring Molly and her story direct to children and viewers around the globe is an important opportunity to offer an insight into just how life-changing school meals can be in forming the women of the future.”

The small video camera Molly used to record her life was one of 2,500 high-definition digital cameras provided to the World Food Programme by networking giant Cisco, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.  Cisco is also providing the technology for tomorrow’s interactive “TelePresence” event. Hosted on WFP’s Facebook page at 10:00 GMT on March 6, viewers are invited to send in questions for Molly and her classmates to answer.

School meals help children grow, thrive and concentrate better. They provide an incentive to families to send youngsters to school and they help keep girls, in particular, attending classes.
For International Women’s Day 2012, WFP is highlighting its work with adolescent girls and women. The majority of those receiving WFP food assistance are women and children but women are also seen as key in fighting hunger. Research has shown that in the hands of women, food is most likely to reach the mouths of children in need.