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Austrian Women's Group Raises €42,000 For WFP Gambia School Meals Programme

Members of an Austrian women’s group, Soroptimist International Austria, raised €42,000 in a single day’s fundraising event for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school meals programme in The Gambia.

BANJUL-- They took part in a sponsored walk as part of WFP’s “End Hunger: Walk the World” initiative to raise awareness and funds for school meals.

“WFP welcomes this contribution, which will go towards providing vital nourishment to children in Gambia,” said newly-appointed WFP Country Director Vitoria Ginja.

WFP’s school feeding programme in The Gambia currently provides 180,000 children with school meals, directly impacting their nutrition and learning. A nourishing school meal helps improve school attendance, especially among girls, and allows children to concentrate better in class.

“We are working closely with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and other partners to develop a new school-feeding project, which will reflect WFP’s emphasis on sustainability,” said Ginja, who has also worked on WFP school meals programmes in Bolivia and Guinea-Bissau. “This is a very special moment for WFP Gambia.”

Earlier this week, Ginja met the Minister of Foreign Affairs Momodou Tangara, who welcomed  her and pledged the government’s support  to WFP activities through his office.

“We expect that WFP’s relationship with the government of The Gambia will grow even stronger and be taken to the highest level,” he said.  “WFP’s continued support is very much appreciated.”