Meet Elisa, a 9-year-old student from whose school receives meals from the @worldfoodprogramme (WFP).
“Before we started getting food at school, I could spend a whole day without food,” he explains. “I could come to school, read books, and go back home hungry. Sometimes I wouldn’t find any food at home either.”
A WFP home-grown school feeding programme in Rwanda supports 107 schools in the country’s most vulnerable districts. Elisa’s is one such school, attended by some 800 students.
Vulnerable families can feel pressures to pull children like Elisa out of school to help with work at home. Daily school meals provide a strong incentive to keep them in the classroom.