The Boys from Brindisi

Published on 16 July 2009

 The Boys from Brindisi.

Copyright: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo & Jack Sinclair

 

A few weeks ago we had the honor of receiving a visit from the UNHRD team based in Brindisi. For those of you who don't know UNHRD (United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot) maintains a coordination base on Italy's southern coast from which they can rapidly deploy to just about any location in the world given a few hours notice. UNHRD also maintains satellite bases in Dubai, Malaysia, Panama and Ghana giving them even greater access to local communities.

In preparation for a visit by the wives of the G8 the Brindisi team was sent to erect several Wiik Halls and a number of other structures.The large capacity halls can be rapidly deployed and enable WFP to warehouse food in just about any location on the face of the earth. In this case multiple halls were used to demonstrate food storage and distribution techniques.

The team worked from early in the morning to late in the evening preparing for the event. The WFP Cleaning Staff backstopped the UNHRD team when a little additional muscle was needed and, to be sure, none of this would have been possible without the support of the rest of the male and female team members back in Brindisi. Our hats are off to the entire team!

Special thanks to:  The entire Brindisi team!

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