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Providing meals to students in schools
Through the provision of meals at school, the project aims to increase the number of children enrolling in school and decrease the number of students dropping out of school due to hunger or to support their families. Students receive a breakfast at school each day consisting of rice, fish and beans.
Providing students with take-home rations and providing cash scholarships to particularly vulnerable families
For vulnerable, extremely poor families it is difficult, on a daily basis, to provide food for the family. Often they are forced to take their children out of school so they can help find or grow food. To encourage parents to send their children to school students are provided with a monthly ration of 10kg of food to take home.
Students from particularly vulnerable families also receive a cash scholarship. These students are identified based on an assessment of households, and the cash scholarships lessen the strain on their household’s food supply.
Total 14,501 students received 10kg rice per month
Total 2,494 students received 10kg of rice per month and $5.00USD per month cash scholarship.
Kolab* is a girl with disability, 14 years old, studies at grade 6, lives with her mother, older brother and sisters, Soutnikom district, Siem Reap.
Her mother, Phorn Nek, is 48 years old and was separated from her husband since Kolab was 1 year old. Her family have been certified by local authority as Poor 1 (which is the most disadvantaged).
“My family live in difficult circumstances since my parents were separated. My mum earns a small income. My study, during grade 1 to 4 was not satisfactory at all. I was absent regularly from class because I sometime sick because there was not enough food for eating at home.
“Luckily, in school year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, I have been selected by teachers and school support committee to be a beneficiary for take home ration. My family is so happy to get food support by WFP under cooperation with Plan International and Provincial Department of Education Youth and Sport in Siem Reap province.”
“The living condition of my family is now better. My mother has grown vegetable around my house such as chili, gourd, pumpkin, eggplant, and other vegetable for selling in our village. Since I got a food scholarship, my study is getting better and better because I am never absent from school. I also got the opportunity to study English that was taught by my neighbour free of charge. I am very happy with my family, teachers, and friends that they never left me alone and I was never discriminated. In addition, I was educated to go to the health centre to check up my health and take some medication from the doctor there,” Kolab smiled.
* Kolab is not the student’s real name