São Tomé and Príncipe: WFP and the Chellaram Foundation join forces to support school-aged children in Sao Tome and Principe


The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) increases its support to 25,000 school-aged children enrolled in the National School Feeding and Health Program (PNASE) in Sao Tome and Principe with a contribution of USD 700,000 of the Chellaram Foundation.

The operation which began a week after the government declared a nationwide state of calamity aims to meet the immediate food and nutritional needs of children and their families while supporting education goals during the reopening of schools.

“It is a relief to be able to deliver this much needed food now to meet the immediate needs of children and their families,” said Yasmin Wakimoto, WFP Acting Representative in São Tomé and Príncipe. “We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the poorest families and has seriously compromised children’s access to adequate food. WFP is committed to working with partners, including the Ministry of Education, to ensure that schoolchildren and boys receive a healthy and nutritious meal. day as they return to school.

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To curb the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Sao Tome and Principe imposed a new one-month state of calamity on September 18. Classes have been suspended in public and private schools for all levels of education except kindergartens. Families have had to find ways to feed themselves at home, with children normally benefiting from school meals. Since 2020, the COVID19 pandemic has exacerbated food and nutrition security in the country with 32,000 vulnerable families currently not knowing where their next meal will come from.

With the reopening of schools on October 6, 2021, WFP will continue to provide on-site meals to schoolchildren enrolled in the National School Feeding Program. Thanks to the donation from the Chellaram Foundation, WFP will ensure that 25,000 children receive at least one nutritious meal per day in São Tomé and Príncipe, until February 2022.

“For these children, it means being able to return to an education that gives them some hope of breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Mr. Lal Chellaram, founder of the Chellaram Foundation. “With this food now in the hands of children and their families, we are one step closer to achieving our goal with this partnership: to help nurture the dreams of the children of Sao Tome and Principe.”

Present in Sao Tome and Principe since 1976, WFP assistance focuses on strengthening the government’s capacity to implement the national sustainable and locally grown school feeding program, which reaches more than 50,000 schoolchildren. (about 25 percent of the total population) and helps small farmers’ access to markets.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the World Food Program (WFP).

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