Thousands of schoolchildren gathered in the Gaibandah district of northern Bangladesh this week to see England cricket players hand over a special gift of a year’s supply of biscuits to a local school.
The England “A” cricket team, which is currently touring Bangladesh had raised US$5000 as part of the “Cricket
Malnutrition, hunger and poverty continue to pose a threat to over 20 million children in Bangladesh
Bangladesh,” said WFP Country Director
Against Hunger” partnership with WFP and the money will be used to feed 300 children from Durgapur Kalitola Government Primary School for the next 12 months.
“Malnutrition, hunger and poverty continue to pose a threat to over 20 million children in Bangladesh,” said WFP Country Director, Douglas Broderick.
“This initiative by the England Cricket team will encourage others to come forward and assist poor children to meet their immediate needs.”
During their visit to Gaibandah district, the England team staged a match with a team of local boys, while up to three thousand schoolchildren watched from the sidelines.
The England players also presented a school cricket set to the head teacher of the Durgapur Kalitola Government Primary School.
School feeding programmes are an integral part of WFP’s work in Bangladesh where fortified biscuits are distributed in schools in some of the poorest areas of the country with the aim of supplementing the children’s normal diet and improving their nutritional status.
“Cricket Against Hunger” was launched in November 2006 and aims to use the popularity of cricket to raise awareness about the plight of hungry children.
In the past year, England cricket players have also visited a factory in Jaipur, India, where fortified foods are made for use in WFP programmes.