In many countries, poverty and tradition exclude girls from schooling, with more than 36 million primary school-aged girls around the world not attending. Your donation to the World Food Programme will go towards providing nutritious meals for girls at school in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Bopha.
Providing meals at school helps to not only combat hunger but also promotes regular attendance and offsets the price of education. In turn, this helps improve girls’ scholastic performance, closes the education gender gap and improves their chances of completing their education.
Seven-year old Anida, who will soon enter Grade Four in Munai, Lanao del Norte, is an intelligent and energetic student. As a participant of The World Food Programme’s (WFP) Emergency School Feeding Programme she has been able to restart her education, which was disrupted by an upsurge in conflict in 2008.
Anida’s mother, Aida, says the recurrent armed conflict in their area has made life very difficult for them. Aida recalls when Anida was just three years old, their family was forced to stay in a congested evacuation centre for almost two months, and had to live without basic amenities and sanitation facilities. She also remembers having to contend for scarce food and water supplies at the evacuation centre.
During the emergency evacuation, Aida says they were thankful for the food assistance they received from WFP because they knew they would always have food during that difficult time. And while Aida is thankful their family survived the violent attacks, she admits their difficulties continued even after they returned home from the evacuation centre. It hasn’t been easy trying to rebuild their lives, but they are glad that WFP has been there to assist them.
Today, Anida and Aida take part in several WFP programmes in their village. While Anida benefits from WFP’s School Feeding Programme, her mother Aida also contributes to the activity by helping other parents prepare the children’s food. Aida is also actively participating in WFP’s gender and livelihood projects in their community, such as bio-intensive gardening or community gardening, and which also include several school improvement initiatives.
The School Feeding Programme of WFP encourages me to attend school because I know that my mother, together with the parents of my classmates, will cook food for us, and I will not be hungry again."