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9 February 2011

The World Food Program (WFP) has publicly thanked the virtual farmers on the wildly popular Facebook game FarmVille after they raised well over a million in aid for distressed communities in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Over the course of a year, FarmVille developer Zynga has collected over $1.5 million to help rebuild schools destroyed in the disaster.

7 February 2011

A school in Haiti is well on its way to being rebuilt thanks to your contributions in FarmVille. And the evidence is right there in that video above. A World Food Program employee named Stephanie thanks you, the FarmVille farmers, for your contributions to the WFP and the Haitians who suffered the devastating earthquake last year. A year since Zynga's donation events started and over $1.5 million later, one of the schools destroyed in the disaster has now been rebuilt and class is back in session.

12 January 2011

The year 2011 will be integral to the recovery of Haiti from the devastating Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, Stephanie Tremblay of the World Food Program (WFP) has told Xinhua in a recent interview. Tremblay is a public information officer for the global agency, which works with other branches of the UN as well as non- governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide food and nutrition to individuals in need all over the world, including those facing the effects of disasters, such as in Haiti.

12 January 2011

One year after the Haiti earthquake, much has been achieved by United Nations agencies and its partners to reshape the devastated country, but there is still a massive amount of work ahead, the UN announced here on Tuesday at a joint press conference gathering its agencies tasked for the reconstruction. (..) Apart from housing, food is another major challenge for relief and reconstruction. The World Food Program (WFP), one of the UN agencies, said it had managed to deliver rations to some 4 million Haitians immediately after the earthquake, and now it still maintains food assistance to around 2 million people through its school meal program.

11 January 2011

No one expected Haiti's problems to be solved just one year after a monster earthquake hit the island on January 12, 2010, leveling much of the impoverished nation's capital, Port-au-Prince, and killing more than 250,000. (..)"I think the year later is very different in many, many ways ... and in many positive ways," said Anne Poulsen, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme, one of the organizations that benefited from the more than $58 million raised by MTV's record-setting "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon.

8 January 2011

UN relief agencies on Friday defended their role in the much criticised aid effort after Haiti's devastating earthquake nearly a year ago, saying they had faced "apocalyptic" scenes. (..) The World Food Programme underlined that four million Haitians were receiving food deliveries six weeks after the tremor. WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella said there was evidence that "a nutritional crisis... was avoided," in the densely populated earthquake-hit areas.

7 January 2011

One year after the earthquake that destroyed Port-au-Prince, some 4 million Haitian children's basic needs for safe drinking water, healthcare and education services remain unmet, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday. (..) The World Food Programme, the world's largest provider of emergency food assistance, said one year after the earthquake that it has moved beyond the emergency stage to a longer-term food security strategy. WFP said it had been able to provide food to 4 million Haitians within the first six weeks after the earthquake.

5 January 2011

It has been almost one year since the massive earthquake struck Haiti. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) just issued a series of reports highlighting its relief to reconstruction efforts in Haiti. This first report focuses on child nutrition.

23 November 2010

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos will visit Haiti on Tuesday and Wednesday to review the humanitarian response to the recent cholera outbreak in the small island country (..). The World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been able to restart their operations in the northern city Cap Haitian, where the situation has calmed down.

20 November 2010

With a UN envoy urging an end to protests in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, underdog presidential candidates have called for an election delay to focus on a cholera epidemic that has claimed nearly 1,200 lives. (..)The unrest is preventing the UN's World Food Program from providing daily hot meals to 190,000 children in schools in Cap Haitien in the north-east, officials said.