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Published On: Wed, Feb 7th, 2024

Catholic Relief Services to Launch School Feeding Program in The Gambia

The Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, will be launching a school Feeding Program in The Gambia.

The team had the privilege of an audience with His Excellency President Adama Barrow at the state house to discuss regarding the promising initiative of the school Feeding Program.

The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education, Claudian Cole from MOBSE, emphasized the significance of this initiative. She highlighted that the program will be managed by the Catholic Relief Service (CRS), which she believes is of great importance to The Gambia. The program is expected to increase enrollment, improve performance, and enhance completion rates.

The Minister emphasized that several students may face challenges that lead to dropping out, with health being a significant factor. The school Feeding Program aims to tackle this by ensuring students’ nutritional needs are met, thereby enhancing their overall well-being. The team is fully dedicated to this mission and plans to target 186 schools nationwide, in addition to those already supported by the World Food Program (WFP).

She also mentioned that apart from all the schools in region four and three-quarters of the schools in region two, where the government is already responsible for feeding the children, will also benefit from the program. Additionally, she highlighted that the government aims to take over the program as a nationally owned, homegrown school Feeding Program. It’s incredible to see the government’s commitment to ensuring the well-being of students across the country

Minister Cole wrapped up by expressing the need for support from other partners to complement the government’s ongoing efforts. She disclosed that the ministry’s budget of 1.62 million Dalasis is dedicated to taking care of these two regions. She also extended her gratitude to the Catholic Relief Services and President Adama Barrow for their invaluable contributions.

Sean Callahan, the President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, mentioned that the reason for his visit is to gain a better understanding of the Gambia’s context and that the goal is to explore ways in which their agency and the Gambia can collaborate more effectively and make a stronger impact together.

Mr. Callahan also mentioned that Catholic Relief Services has been around for 60 years, and they greatly appreciate the government of the Gambia’s strong support in advancing their programs. He expressed their presence to acknowledge the President’s award for peace, as he believes that development and peace go hand in hand.

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