Schools have started also at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, home to over 100,000 Syrian refugees. The children account for over half of the population of the camp. The number of Syrian refugees in the region (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt) has exceeded two million, of whom1 million are children.
WFP provides fortified date bars to children attending school in the camp. WFP’s school feeding programme provides an incentive for parents to enrol and encourage their children to attend school. The daily snack helps students concentrate on their studies by preventing short-term hunger.
In addition to food vouchers, WFP provides dry food rations to families in the camp. The rations include pasta, bulgur, rice, lentils, sugar and salt. Children often help their parents collect the food parcel and take it home. Refugees can cook the food in one of 250 communal kitchens set up by UNHCR in the camp, if they don’t have cooking facilities of their own.
Life carries on, in Zaatari camp. Every day, more than 10 babies are born. WFP will provide specialized nutritional food to moderately malnourished children under five as well as to malnourished pregnant and nursing women, in the communities and in the camp.
The children of Zaatari are ready to start school again. The camp has grown rapidly since it first opened in July 2012 now being the fifth biggest settlement in Jordan. Now, children can go to school, eat a healthy meal, play in dedicated children’s playgrounds and lead relatively normal childhoods, even if far from home.
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