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Vodafone Supports WFP’s School Feeding Programme In Upper Egypt For The Third Year

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a US$1.2 million contribution from Vodafone Egypt Foundation that will benefit thousands of children, their families and teachers through WFP’s school feeding programme in Upper Egypt.

The Vodafone Egypt Foundation contribution (approximately 9 million Egyptian Pounds) will benefit 67,000 people in the poorest and most remote areas of Assiut, Fayoum and Beni Suef governorates. WFP will use the funds to provide nutritious daily snacks and monthly food rations to school children and their families as well as nutrition awareness training for 300 teachers.

This agreement builds on the existing partnership WFP and Vodafone Egypt Foundation have established since 2011.

“Sharing a common belief on the importance of education to every child, WFP and Vodafone Egypt Foundation are partnering on this one-year project targeting Upper Egypt,” said WFP Egypt Representative and Country Director Lubna Alaman. “Vodafone Egypt Foundation is once again extending its support to our school feeding programmes in Egypt. Through in-school snacks and monthly take-home rations, WFP encourages parents to enrol and maintain their children in schools,” she added.

WFP’s school feeding programmes provide direct food assistance in the form of a daily snack of date bars enriched with minerals and vitamins. This nutritious mid-day snack helps reduce short-term hunger and improves children learning capacities.

The project benefits children, especially girls, enrolled in government led pre-schools and non-formal primary schools, located in the most disadvantaged areas in Egypt. Families whose children maintain an attendance rate above 80 percent receive a monthly food ration that compensates for the wage a child would earn if sent to work instead of school. The take-home rations constitute about 20 percent of the family’s monthly expenditure on food thus making it a major incentive for families to send their children to school rather than work.

In 2014, more than half a million school children and their family members benefitted from WFP’s school feeding in the poorest governorates of Egypt.

“WFP’s school feeding programme is one of the most successful projects Vodafone Egypt Foundation supports; it helps underprivileged communities get out of the vicious circle of illiteracy and poverty through promoting education and providing food assistance to families who spend most of their income on food,” said Chairman of Vodafone Egypt Foundation Mohamed Henna. “We aim to contribute towards the sustainable development of Egypt’s less fortunate communites through enhancing education and health.”

Henna affirmed that this successful partnership with WFP reflects the commitment of Vodafone Egypt Foundation in providing education opportunities for children particularly in Upper Egypt, knowing how education is the “essence of economic development”.
Since 2007, WFP has built up partnerships with private sector corporates and businesses which have funded several activities of the WFP Country Programme in Egypt. These partnerships have grown, and currently these contributions have reached a total of about US$ 7 million, which are mostly directed towards WFP’s safety nets programmes such as school feeding activities.
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