Saturday, 12 September 2009

Fatuma Omar - From Squalor To Scholar

Children all over the world are getting ready to go back to school, but for 15-year-old Fatuma Omar in Kenya it is a particularly special occasion. Raised in the world's largest refugee camp, Fatuma won a scholarship to attend Nairobi's best girls' school.

Apart from her own undoubted intelligence and help from her mother, she also benefitted from the school meals programme that the World Food Programme and its partners have run for years in the Dadaab refugee camp on the Kenya-Somalia border.

These meals were what drew Fatuma and thousands like her to the camp school. Once there, she studied hard and went on to score almost unprecedented marks in her final exams.

In some of the poorest parts of the world, a school meals programme can provide the only source of food for children and can dramatically increase enrolment, especially for young girls.

To learn more about the World Food Programme, visit their website here.


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