WFP School Meals In Gaza Help Children Stay Fed And Fit
School girls at Ibn Sina school in Gaza enjoying their WFP in-school snack thanks to a donation of food and sports gear from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The donation supports 80,000 children in 125 schools benefiting from WFP school meals programme in Gaza. In addition to the nutritious morning snack they get at school, they now have access to excellent sports equipment, increasing the opportunity for girls and boys to practice sports. The daily snack improves children's in-class performance as it tackles short-term hunger during the school day.
Sheraz, 11, is getting ready for her gymnastics class with her classmates at the Al Toffah School in Gaza. The girls receive a nutritious morning snack each school day through WFP's school meals programme.
Fifth grade girls at Al Toffah elementary school enjoy a ball game. This ball was part of a sports gear donation from IOC. Girls in Gaza have limited opportunities for playing sports. Gym class is a needed healthy break in the girls’ lives.
Twelve-year-old Nafez is playing basketball with his fellow students. As part of the IOC donation, schools received sports clothes, basketballs, footballs and volleyballs. Most schools lacked this type of basic equipment.
Third grade girls at this elementary school in Gaza are doing warming-up exercises during gym class wearing the colourful IOC sports shirts.
Nine-year-old Sabra is happy with the new outfit. The Gaza Strip has one of the youngest populations in the world with more than 50 percent of its inhabitants younger than 18 years. Promoting sports at a young age is vital in encouraging healthy living habits.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) provided WFP with a generous donation of sports gear for school children in Gaza. More than 80,000 children in 125 schools across the Gaza Strip now have access to excellent sports equipment, increasing the opportunity for girls and boys to practice sports. The children also benefit from the nutritious morning snack that is also part of the IOC donation to WFP’s school meals programme. The daily snack improves children's in-class performance as it tackles short-term hunger during the school day.