Haiti: UNASUR Pledges an Extra $250.000 for School Feeding
These children in the Ecole Nationale de Baron in Fond-des-Negres will receive a nutritious meal at school every day. School meals are designed to motivate parents to send and keep their children in education. UNASUR’s contribution will enable WFP and PNCS to feed 28,000 children in 104 schools in Grande-Anse and 2 schools is Nippes.
UNASUR’s contribution is used to purchase locally produced food from Haitian farmer organisations. This is designed to generate revenue as well as increase access to the market for small-holder farmers. The contribution will buy an estimated 609 MT of rice that will be used for school meals in the region.
From l-r: The Regional Delegate of Nippes, Alex Tropenas; the Coordinator of Haiti’s National School Meals Programme (PNCS), Myrtho Cineas; WFP Haiti Deputy Country Director, Janne Suvanto, Special Representative of the Technical Secretariat of UNASUR Ambassador, Rodolfo Mattarollo, visit the food storage facility in the Ecole Nationale de Baron in Fond-des-Negres.
The Coordinator of Haiti’s National School Meals Programme (PNCS), Myrtho Cineas, stands in the makeshift kitchen in the school with Ambassador Rodolfo Matarollo where the children’s meals are cooked. On the right hand side of the picture a chart with the correct nutritional proportions of food is displayed.
A group of school children thank UNASUR, WFP and PNCS for funding and implementing the school feeding programme in the Ecole Nationale de Baron in Fond-des-Negres in Nippes.
Special Representative of the Technical Secretariat UNASUR Ambassador, Rodolfo Mattarollo, expresses his appreciation for the tripartite cooperation between WFP, PNCS and UNASUR for the expansion of the school meals programme to Nippes and Grande-Anse.
Myrtho Cineas, Coordinator of Haiti’s National School Meals Programme (PNCS); Janne Suvanto, WFP Deputy Country Director, and Special Representative of the Technical Secretariat Ambassador, Rodolfo Mattarollo, receive a food basket as a gift from the children of the Ecole Nationale de Baron filled with fresh produce grown in the Region of Nippes where school feeding activities have started this year.
The Union of South American States (UNASUR) announced on 19 November a contribution of US$250.000 to fill food gaps in school feeding in the Nippes and Grande-Anse regions for the 2013-2014 school year. This is an additional donation to the US$1 million already pledged earlier this year to support the Programme Nationale de Cantine Scolaires (PNCS) to cover this vulnerable region in the south of Haiti. UNASUR is the fourth largest donor to school feeding in Haiti.