Government Delegation Visits Planet Aid Project in Mozambique

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Planet Aid announced today that a delegation from the Brazilian Cooperation Agency and the First Lady of Mozambique’s office recently made an official visit to the organization’s Food for Knowledge Project in Mozambique. The visit was part of a three-day workshop focused on combating malnutrition in Mozambique.

Food for Knowledge Project Leader Isaías Wate describes project impact to the visiting delegation.

Planet Aid announced today that a delegation from the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) and the First Lady of Mozambique’s office visited Planet Aid’s Food for Knowledge Project in Mozambique. The delegation visited Filipe Samuel Magaia Primary School in Xinavane, about 80 km north of the capital Maputo. The school is one of 269 participating Food for Knowledge schools that are providing nearly 80,000 children with a daily school lunch.

At the project, the First Lady's office and Brazilian delegation were able to observe the progress being made in combating malnutrition, and how Planet Aid is setting a vital foundation for expanding nutritional work.

"Food for Knowledge has been making steady progress in strengthening nutrition, health and education for schoolchildren in Mozambique,” said Ester Neltrup, Planet Aid President. “We are pleased that our work, together with that of our implementing partner ADPP Mozambique, is being used as a platform for additional progress."

The visit occurred at the start of a three-day workshop in early June, which was hosted by the First Lady of Mozambique, Dr. Isaura Nyusi, in Maputo. The workshop focused on launching an initiative in Mozambique to help make food more available to the hungry and poor. Planet Aid's local implementing partner, ADPP Mozambique, was invited to be part of the high-level organizing committee. Because of Brazil’s considerable progress in making food available to the poor through its “popular restaurants” concept, the First Lady also invited representatives from Brazil’s ABC to help plan the initiative.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food for Knowledge is providing a daily high-protein corn-soy porridge lunch to Mozambican school children. Over a 7 year period, more than 80 million meals will be served. Food for Knowledge has also established school gardens at participating schools to increase the availability of fresh food, has trained teachers and community members in essential techniques to improve nutrition and health and has built and refurbished school kitchens, wells and latrines.

About Planet Aid
Planet Aid is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and is registered with USAID as a private voluntary organization. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, Planet Aid collects and recycles used clothing and shoes as part of its environmental mission. The net proceeds from its 21-state recycling operation help to support projects aimed at eliminating poverty. Since its inception in 1997, Planet Aid has provided more than $100 million to support projects on three continents. Planet Aid supports programs in education, teacher training, nutrition and agricultural and economic development.

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