Ramadan Sees New Way to Combat Hunger, the World’s Greatest Solvable Problem
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(---Photos shot in Beni Suef in Egypt featuring one-class school houses students of different age groups and at different school stages. The students receive a daily nutritious meal of date bars enriched with Vitamin A and iron and their families get a monthly food ration on the condition that their children attend 80 percent of the school year. The take-home rations include rice, an Egyptian staple, and cooking oil. Around 370,000 children and their family members benefit from WFP’s school feeding scheme in 11 of the poorest governorates in Egypt that include Beni Suef, Menia, Sohag, Qena and Assiut. WFP school meals projects in Egypt encourage girls’ education, help dropouts complete their primary education and school to combat child labour. Both boys and girls benefit from these projects. This class is in a small village almost 15 minutes from Beni Suef city.
From Left to right: Mawa, 11; Suheir, 10 and her brother Mahmoud, 6.
The three children are engrossed over a WFP games book on their desk; they are playing a puzzle that teaches them to eat the right foods for their bodies and minds. Suheir and Mahmoud, the liveliest children in class, go to school every day together and enjoy the fact that many members of their extended family go to the same class. Suheir says she’s friends with the whole class – many of them members of her extended family – and is happy she can learn and play in the outdoor area of the school.)--
The UN World Food Programme teams up with the Rotary Club of Dubai, Dubai Rotaract and the UAE Red Crescent Authority to launch an online gift-matching campaign during the holy month of Ramadan.
Dubai, 25th July, 2012: The Rotary Club of Dubai, Dubai Rotaract and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in association with the UAE Red Crescent Authority, launched a Ramadan fundraising and awareness campaign enabling the public to double their online donations to WFP.
Throughout the month of Ramadan, the Rotary Club of Dubai will match every dollar (four dirhams) donated to WFP through wfp.org/Ramadan, up to US$100,000.
“This initiative illustrates the core of our values and objectives, at a time when charity takes on renewed cultural and ethical significance,” said the President of the Rotary Club of Dubai Yaseen M. Jaffer. “We hope that our commitment to match all donations made to WFP throughout the holy month will help encourage more peop le to donate and endorse a truly pressing cause.”
This initiative has been possible thanks to members of the Dubai Rotaract, the youth arm of the Rotary Club of Dubai. “Hunger is an injustice we can all relate to, especially when experiencing the holy practice of fasting during Ramadan,” said the President of Dubai Rotaract Marianne Berthelot. “With this campaign alone, the potential exists to feed hundreds of thousands of people while at the same time raising awareness about the issue of hunger.”
Throughout Ramadan, the Rotary Club’s support means each dirham, when matched, will be enough to feed two school children for a day. A donation of only 100 dirhams online, doubled by the Rotary Club of Dubai, will provide school meals for a child for a year.
“The breakthrough alliance between two major non-profit organizations such as the Rotary and WFP is driven by a shared vision of a world free of hunger and extreme poverty. The impact of this benevolent partnership will come down to the willingness of people and companies reading this to act for the cause,” said Partnerships & Business Development Manager for WFP in the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe Elise Bijon. “Our hope is that as many people as possible would contact us or go online and grab this chance to double the impact of their donations and reach twice as many children in need.”
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. Today, around 900 million people do not get enough food to lead a healthy and active life.
All donations made through wfp.org/Ramadan will be matched by the Rotary Club of Dubai