STRUGGLING PALAU LUNCH PROGRAM GETS PIG

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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Aug. 30) — A 350-pound pig was donated to Aimeliik Elementary School’s struggling lunch program.

The donation, initiated by Aimeliik State Delegate Kalistus Ngirturong, was turned over by Vice President and Justice Minister Elias Camsek Chin to school officials.

For three months starting this month, the lunch program in all public schools in the country has been canceled due to shortage of funds.

The pig came from Subelik Farm, which is maintained by prisoners as part of their rehabilitation program.

The farm’s produce also helps provide the food supply of the inmates.

Ngirturong, a former Ministry of Education official, asked Chin to donate a pig to the Aimeliik school’s meal program. Subelik Farm is in Aimeliik.

Chin told school officials and teachers that it’s only appropriate for the farm to donate a pig to the schools as he thanked the teachers for their efforts in educating the children.

The turn-over was also witnessed by Aimeliik Gov. Obak Demei and staff of the vice president.

August 31, 2005

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