Clergé René and Pier Luis Saenfanel, workers at the Bon Repos dairy, are busy preparing the morning batch of "Lèt Agogo" milk. The Bon Repos dairy is one of 20 across the country that provides fresh milk to schools supported by the National School Meals Programme. This supply of milk for the schools provides children with vital micronutrients they need to grow and guarantees a market for small daries enabling them to invest and plan their business better. This school year, the Lèt Agogo programme will supply 32,000 students in 84 schools across the country.
In addition to the local procurement of milk, WFP plans to buy 3,000 MT of rice from small holder Haitian farmers to supply the National School Meals Programme for the 2013-2014 school year.
Headmistress Madame Nerlande Laguerre runs the Ecole Nationale de Sibert, just half an hour down the road from the Bon Repos dairy. The school receives “Lèt Agogo” milk twice a week. Here she is receiving a poster to display in the school.
At the Ecole Nationale de Sibert children receive a daily school meal and fresh milk twice a week that allows them to focus on their school work, rather than their stomachs. In Haiti, WFP supports the National School Feeding Programme (PNCS) to provide food to 685,000 children daily in 2,416 schools across the country.
With the support of WFP, The Haitian Government aims to create a sustainable National School Feeding Programme supplied with local produce from smallholder farms by 2030.
Women are at the centre of WFP's activities. School meals are a very strong incentive for many families to keep their children in school and an affective way to keep gender parity in education. The Ecole Nationale de Sibert has 655 pupils of which 346 are girls.
(r-l) Stanley Derosier, 10, Luis-Nixon, 13, and Jeralson Thomas, 12, are enjoying their food and Lèt Agogo milk at the back of the crowded class room. Luis-Nixon and Jeralson dream of becoming a policemen and a mathematics teacher. Stanley wants to grow up to be the next president of Haiti.
At the Ecole Nationale de Sibert school meals are cooked every day in a makeshift kitchen on the premises. Once ready, students from each year plate up the food for their class mates. Twice a week they also receive nutritious fresh milk. Food given for school meals is different all around the world- in Haiti the children receive 120 gr or rice, 30 gr of peas, 10 gr of fortified oil and 5 gr of salt. For many of these children this is the only guaranteed meal of the day.
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