WFP Nourishes School Children in Northeastern Karamoja
A mid-morning meal at Child Jesus Nursery and Primary School in Uganda's Karamoja region… WFP provides free meals to all school children the north-eastern region.
Lunch, rich in energy… WFP reaches more than 100,000 children in schools across the region with school meals. Last year, WFP was providing two meals per day to these children but this year, because of lack of funding for the school programme, the number of meals is down to one per day.
Children sit on the ground to eat… Karamoja has the lowest development indicators of any region in Uganda. It is prone to drought and many people suffer from chronic poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
The school meals programme is one of a range of WFP initiatives aimed at helping the inhabitants of Karamoja cope with the challenges of hunger.
School meals encourage children to enrol and remain in school. They also make learning an easier and more enjoyable experience.
For some children in Karamoja, WFP food is their only meal of the day. WFP school meals also address stunting or chronic hunger, which often affects children’s mental capacity and leaves them short for their age. Stunting affects 45 percent of all young children in Karamoja.
In the impoverished Karamoja region, WFP school meals are helping boost learning while addressing abnormal rates of stunting among young children.