World Food Programme Ambassador Against Hunger, Jose Mourinho, uses a visit to Ivory Coast to draw attention to the positive impact that good nutrition can have on young children. He joins children at Nanan School in Yamoussoukro for a WFP school meal of rice and vegetables.
In order to establish a sustainable school feeding programme in Ivory Coast, the Government and WFP help local women set-up food production groups around schools. These groups provide food for their local school and help the women secure more nutritious food for their households.
Jose Mourinho and WFP Country Director, Gianluca Ferrera, oversee lunch preparations in the school kitchen at Nanan School. Gianluca Ferrera: “Mourinho’s visit is hugely important as it helps us to draw attention back to Ivory Coast and show the positive progress we have made”
Primary school enrolment in Ivory Coast remains low (50 percent). A free school meal provides an incentive for families to send their children to school, helps them focus in class and provides the nutrition they need to lead a healthy life.
Jose Mourinho speaks to patients at Renaissance Santé Bouaké, a HIV/Aids clinic. Ivory Coast has the highest rates of HIV in West Africa at 3.7 percent. At the clinic, WFP provides food to 5,500 moderately malnourished HIV/AIDS patients.
14 December 2012 Côte d’Ivoire: Food for Work Project in Action