â€œAre your children in school?â€? Schooling this generation of Iraqis in exile is critical for the future stability of Iraq and the whole region. Unfortunately, more than half of the families surveyed said that their children were not attending school. The parents said that the reasons were primarily the lack of money or health issues.
Food helps "A family with little or no income will buy food before paying for their children to attend school. The family will buy food before paying for the medical care that their child needs. If we provide food for those in need, they can use their limited resources for schooling and medical care for their children, who can then grow up to be productive, educated citizens contributing to a stable and peaceful Middle East."
"One way in which our program is unique is that it tries to fit with what Iraqis actually eat, and what is not easily available. For example, Iraqis eat rice, but it's fairly cheap and readily available, and so isn't included in the box. We also stagger our distribution with the UN distribution, so that those who receive both distributions will have food for longer." What a food distribution box contains: bulgar, chickpeas, lentils, olive oil, dehydrated milk
Cost per distribution: $10,000 Approximate cost per box: $33
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