Amway China announces expanded initiative to feed left-behind children
Caroline MacGregor September 27, 2013 | WGVU Through its Amway
Charity Foundation, Amway China plans to provide daily lunches to more than 1 million malnourished Chinese children who attend schools in rural settings.
will be distributed to the children through approximately 2,000 “Spring Sprouts
Kitchens” installed in the schools. While children in China are required by law to attend school, little oversight is in place to ensure food stipends are properly used to provide children with adequate nutrition.
president of Amway China and executive vice chairman of the Amway Charity
Foundation. Wong made the Commitment to Action announcement during the Clinton
Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York.
Wong says children who remain
behind in villages usually attend a central school, often walking one to two hours
each direction every day to get to their classroom. Some become weekly boarders but schools are
ill-equipped and the kids have to bring their own non-perishable food, usually
soybeans and rice.
rudimentary dormitories, Wong says school buildings in rural parts of China often lack basic kitchen
Wong says through
sponsored research of rural boarding students, the Chinese government
recognized that without intervention, by the year 2025 an estimated 100 million
children will have missed the opportunity for healthy growth.
The Commitment to Action builds on Spring Sprouts Kitchens that
currently serve 377,000 school students in 13 provinces that are home to the majority of the country's 61 million
left-behind children. The
expanded program will provide 420,000 sustainable new jobs and source food from local farmers to provide nutritious lunches to children, many of whom are severely malnourished.
China is the world's second largest economy and accounts for Amway's largest overseas market.
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