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WFP At Huarimarca: School Meals Give More Than Food In Bolivia

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In Bolivia, children like these at the Huarimarca School walk to school every morning and line up  to receive a nutritious breakfast from WFP.

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Nearly 80% of the population of Bolivia lives in poverty and food insecurity, but WFP’s school meals are changing that.

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WFP is aiming to provide school meals to 80,000 school-age children across Bolivia’s 52 most food-insecure municipalities.  Here at the Huarimarca School, students get a cup of api (a hot beverage made of purple maize flour and cinnamon) and bread for breakfast.

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Eulalia (left) someday hopes to have a house of her own with trees and a garden – and with a school meal every day, she’s getting the right start.

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Teacher Eulogio A. at the Huarimarca School in the highlands knows the importance of school meals – they help his students focus on their mathematics lessons.

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Lucia is a cook at the Huarimarca School – she explains that Huarimarca is mostly a town of women as men have migrated to find work.  But she continues to stay in Huarimarca knowing her children are taken care of thanks to WFP’s school meals.

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At Huarimarca, children receive both breakfast and lunch – which includes locally-procured foods.  Many students prefer eating at school rather than at home because they love the vegetables they get with their lunch.

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Just $.25 provides a school meal for a child – giving them the boost they need to learn, play and achieve a better tomorrow. Here, Eulalia (center) and her friends are playing “tulitas” (“hide and seek”). Thank you for supporting these children!

At this school in Bolivia, WFP provides two school meals to these children daily. But, that's not all WFP is giving to these students: because of this extra encouragement to stay in school, these students will achieve a better tomorrow.