PRE-SCHOOL AND PRIMARY SCHOOL FEEDING, LESOTHO, 1971.
Continued crop failure in Lesotho has resulted in severe malnutrition, especially amongst mothers and children. UN/FAO World Food Programme is assisting a feeding project which includes virtually the entire primary school population. Not only does the provision of hot, nourishing meals safeguard school children against malnutrition but it also encourages increased attendance and better concentration in class. Many children have to travel long distances to school and the food they receive there is usually their only substantial meal of the day. The success of this project may be seen in the increase of the number of schools and pupils from an initial 60.000 children in 400 schools in 1965 to the 1972 figures of approximately 110.000 children in 800 schools. Other aspects of this project, which has been expanded to a total period of 8 years & 10months, include the feeding of pre-school children, nursing and expectant mothers and T.B. outpatients. The total cost of this project to WFP is over $15 million.
Children on their way to school in the mountainous region of the Sani Pass. This pass links Lesotho with South Africa and reaches 10000 ft. above sea level at its highest point. The children are benefitting from WFP assistance.