Josephine Nakwang was one of more than 100,000 boys and girls in 300 schools across the Karamoja region of Uganda who received school meals from the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) last year, thanks to a $3 million, three-year grant from the Lift a Life Foundation.
“Studying was not easy because my mother kept telling me to drop out of school and help her with domestic work,” Josephine recalled. “I continued going to the school until she finally gave in. Nowadays, she tells me to take my younger sisters to school so that they can have meals too.”
Created by the co-founder and retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, David Novak and his wife Wendy, the Lift a Life Foundation partners with organizations that have the leadership capability, the know-how and the personal passion to help communities in need reach their full potential. Their support for WFP’s school meals program in Uganda is the largest international grant in the foundation’s history.
“Research has shown that school meals prevent children from dropping out of school,” said the foundation’s Executive Director, Ashley Butler. “Lift-a-Life’s partnership with WFP USA furthers our goal of providing those in need with the opportunity to unleash their full potential.”