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June 15, 2012 : Nepal: US grants US$6m for Nepal’s school-feeding programme

Nepal: US grants US$6m for Nepal’s school-feeding programme

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted Nepal US$6 million for school feeding programme for the students of pre-primary and primary levels.The grant will continue for next three years under McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition to provide mid-day meals for 210,000 children at 1,800 schools in 11 districts of the mid- and far-western regions.

The aid was announced after a team of representatives from the USDA, Education Ministry, GIZ and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) visited Dadeldhura and Bajhang districts to observe activities under the School Feeding Programme supported by the WFP.

Issuing a press statement yesterday, the US Embassy in Kathmandu said the team visited two primary schools in Dadeldhura and one in Bajhang district and took part in the preparation and distribution of mid-day meals to children.

“I am very pleased to see that the United States Department of Agriculture support is helping thousands of school children in rural villages of Nepal receive the nutrition they need to pursue their studies and increase their ability to learn keeping hunger at bay,” the statement quoted Mary Allen, the chief of the USDA McGovern Dole mission, as saying.

Under the USDA McGovern-Dole funded School Support Programme, in collaboration with GIZ and Nepal government, WFP is supporting activities such as construction of school buildings and compound walls, ground-leveling, use of smokeless cooking stoves and upgrading of paths children take to walk to school.

Reference: Asian News