Thien, a fifth grader from Kampong Chhnang province, Cambodia
Thien faces a daily challenge to get healthy, nutritious food in her native Cambodia. Her parents left to search for work in Thailand, and she lives with three younger siblings and their 60 year-old grandmother. Her eldest sister had to drop out from school at the age of 15. There are times that Thien and her siblings have to get by on the most meagre diet, and she goes to school on an empty stomach.
The risk that a child like Thien would drop out of school due to living conditions like these used to be high; concentrating in class can be difficult on an empty stomach, and children like Thien often have to work instead of go to school. Fortunately, WFP’s School Meals Programme has given Thien the opportunity to gain an education.
Launched five years ago in Cambodia, WFP's School Meals Programme provides a daily nutritious breakfast to more than 400,000 children in primary schools around the country. Meals of rice, beans and fish cooked with fortified vegetable oil and iodized salt motivate children to attend class regularly and complete their education without the pangs of hunger to distract them.
Now, Thien dreams of becoming a doctor. "When I am older, I want to become a doctor so I can help the poor in my community." You can help make this little girl's dreams come true. Donate today.
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