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Syrian playgrounds transformed into gardens of hope

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is working with communities to bring long-term food shortages to a war-torn country

SYRIA — Playgrounds are taking on a new purpose in Syria, being transformed into gardens to feed children and communities whose diet has been depleted by the civil war, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) is already working with 17 primary schools in government- and opposition-controlled communities such as Aleppo, Hama and Homs to plant more than 5,000 square feet of fruits and vegetables.

“The ongoing crisis in Syria is having a devastating effect on the health and nutrition of an entire generation of children,” Adam Yao, the UN FAO’s acting representative in Syria, was quoted as saying by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Good nutrition is a child's first defence against common diseases and important for children to be able to lead an active and healthy life.”

Since planting began in May, 12 tonnes of fruits and vegetables have been produced and another 35 schools are set to join the planting program in Aleppo and rural areas around Damascus. [news.trust.org]

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) believes in supporting vulnerable communities to create sustainable food solutions. In our 2015/2016 fiscal year, CCFC along with our local partners, worked with families, schools and communities around the world to cultivate 1,600 fruit and vegetable gardens, which had multiple benefits, from the growth of healthy food to income-generation and environmental growth.

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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-centred international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For nearly 60 years, CCFC has worked with children, communities, supporters and other partners — changing lives through improved health, education and clean water. CCFC works in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, to support more than 700,000 children, youth and community members.