Cash and Vouchers Stories
With food prices high in Malawi's markets, many families are struggling to find enough to eat. A new programme by WFP is sending cash to the most vulnerable people through their mobile phones. This assistance enables them to buy more food and so keep hunger and malnutrition at bay.
Since she was a little girl, Basilia already knew about orchards. Her mother died when she was eight years old, meaning she had to leave school to take care of the orchards and the care and feeding of her little brothers alongside her father. Today, a WFP cash and vouchers programme, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), teaches Basilia and other women new techniques to cultivate orchards. The result is a better nutrition for their families.
As Syrians continue to flee violence and pour into neighbouring countries, there are now over 100,000 Syrians living in camps in Turkey. The Turkish authorities have been providing them with assistance but with the growing numbers of new arrivals, WFP is stepping in with a complimentary food e-voucher programme in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent.
On a narrow unpaved alleyway hidden between green bushes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, a vacant yard was turned into a distribution site for food and non-food assistance. Hundreds of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their home country picked up thier family food packages there. The monthly ration was heavy and the transportation was an additional burden. Now, they are able to buy their own food from local shops using vouchers.
Life has not always been harsh for Amer* (not his real name). Back in the Syrian town of Idleb, he had his own business as a clothing retailer and business was good. He never thought he would become a refugee let alone live on humanitarian assistance.