Providing Nutrition for School Children in Bolivia

WFP Bolivia Nutrition in Schools

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Are you familiar with the World Food Programme (WFP)?

WFP (World Food Programme) is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. The food aid objective is eradication of worldwide hunger and poverty. Targeted interventions are implemented by WFP to assist the poorest—people who, either permanently or during crisis periods, are unable to produce enough food or do not have the resources to obtain food.

Working in Bolivia to provide meals to children in schools is one of WFP’s latest endeavors in the fight against world hunger. Providing nutrition in schools is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make a difference in the life of a child.

Do you know Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America? Two-thirds of the population lives in poverty. 40 percent of children under the age of five, in communities like Huarimarca, suffer from stunting as a result of chronic malnutrition.

The best route to a better life for kids in the poorest regions of South America is education, though keeping Bolivian children in school is easier said than done.  Nutritious meals provided by WFP are helping keep kids in class and providing them with the nutrition they need to grow and learn.

The program in Bolivia has three objectives:

  1. Improve the nutritional status of 45,000 children between 2 and 5 years in nurseries;
  2. Alleviate short-term hunger for 80,000 school-age children of 6 to 14 years in the most food-insecure municipalities; and
  3. Strengthen emergency preparedness to reduce impact of natural disasters and contribute to a long-term malnutrition solution.

So what can you do to help?

You’re invited to get to know some of the children being supported at the Huarimarca School in Bolivia. Introduce yourself and ask the kids questions—they’re waiting to hear from you. A communications officer in Bolivia will translate and share your messages with the kids as well as translate and deliver their answers. Click here to send your message now.

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Comments

    • says

      It’s really a unique way to get involved! I thought I’d do the same with my daughter… she’s just 4 but she’s showing interest so I’m going to let her send a question. :)