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How Canadian Funds Are Used At A School In Kenya

Food for Thought: How Canadian funds are being used by WFP at one school in Kenya (1)

Philip Baker, regional director general for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (seated second from left), his colleague Louise Holt, and WFP Deputy Country Director for Kenya Paul Turnbull (seated extreme  left) are greeted by the schoolchildren.

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Thanks to Canada’s CA$10 million donation, these children will receive school meals as part of the pilot project which uses cash transfers to enable schools to buy food from local traders or smallholder farmers, stimulating agricultural production.

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Parents and teachers turned out for the ceremony. WFP is committed to strengthening communities’ abilities to withstand cyclical shocks such as drought.  Supporting smallholder farmers and improving their access to markets are key components of this strategy

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DFATD’s Philip Baker visited children in their classroom.  Attan school has been gradually adding classrooms and teachers and now has 343 pupils aged 6-14.  For the first time this year, students will sit national examinations

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DFATD’s Philip Baker took a turn serving lunch to the children. Part of the Canadian donation will also be used to fund the development of a sustainable model for school meals in Kenya’s arid lands.

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The children lined up eagerly for their food. WFP and the Government of Kenya have been supporting school meals in Kenya since 1980. WFP has been gradually handing over to the Government’s Home-Grown School Meals Programme to ensure sustainability.

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The children are served githeri, a protein–rich mix of corn and beans. A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and allows the children to focus on their studies, rather than their stomachs

On a hot September day near the town of Isiolo in Kenya, a special ceremony was held at Attan primary school to launch Canadian-funded scheme to support school meals programmes for children in Kenya’s arid lands.