Not Another Child

Egypt

​LABAN WA GIBAN Initiative (COMPLETED)
(Milk & Cheese dietary supplement for 151 children)

BACKGROUND:

NAC’s “Laban Wa Giban” (Milk & Cheese) initiative provided 151+ malnourished  children residing in impoverished dwellings in Cairo with a dairy dietary supplement. These children--with very fragile bones--are in dire need of calcium. Family incomes averages $5.00 per day. Several large families living in one- or two-room spaces all share a single public toilet and a single public tap located in the building. Ironically, it is more affordable for these impoverished parents to fill their children’s bellies with Coca Cola (readily available at roadside kiosks) than to consider purchasing healthy, but expensive, dairy products.

NAC initially committed to providing each child with milk and cheese twice a month at an approximate cost of $2.00 per child per month for six months (March-August 2015), but the initiative was a success and the program continued through December 2015.  

INDIVIDUALS ON THE GROUND (VOLUNTEERS):

Katrina, Trix, Suzy, Mervat

UPDATES:

During the months of March-December, milk & cheese distributions were made fortnightly. Detailed accounting for these distributions have been provided and filed for the record.

Cairo, EGYPT

​Population:
86,895,099 (July 2014)

Population 0-14 years:
32%

Population below poverty line:
​22% (2008 estimate)