Mr. Jean-Yves Lequime handing over various sports equipment to primary schoolchildren at a handover ceremony in Kampong Cham Province in Cambodia
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Geneva and World Food Programme Cambodia are teaming up in an exciting partnership.
On 1 December 2011, the IOC provided a range of sports equipment to children in 84 primary schools across the country as part of the School Meals programme of WFP and the Cambodia Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
The sports equipment included footballs, volleyballs, basketballs, frisbees, hopscotch mats, skipping ropes and table tennis and badminton rackets. In addition, the IOC contributed US$10,000 to WFP Cambodia's School Meals programme.
“The children are very excited about using the IOC sports kits," said the school Director of Nam Kin Primary School in Kapmpong Cham at the handover ceremony. "Each child receives a nutritious breakfast every morning encouraging them to come to school on time and helping them to concentrate on their lessons. I believe the sports kits will also provide an incentive for children to come to school."
"We greatly appreciate this generous donation from IOC which will encourage children to come to school, be active and healthy which ultimately helps in the fight against poverty. I hope these sports kits will also help the children realise their potential as future athletes and maybe one day even represent Cambodia at the Olympic Games," said Jean-Yves Lequime, from WFP's Geneva office, which liaises closely with the IOC's global headquarters is in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Since 2008, the IOC has donated more than 1,000 sports kits across Africa, Asia and Latin America in collaboration with WFP. The IOC’s cash donation will help WFP Cambodia provide hot nutritious breakfasts to almost 350,000 schoolchildren in 12 of the poorest provinces in Cambodia this year.