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7 April 2015

Guinea: Responding to Shifting Ebola Landscape

As new Ebola cases emerge in the southern regions of Guinea and near the country’s capital, WFP has shifted focus by opening a new office in the town of Forecariah. This office, along with two new mobile storage units with a combined 800 metric tons of capacity, will help staff on the ground better reach vulnerable people most in need of assistance.

31 March 2015

Ghana: Girls Reach Their Full Potential with Take-Home Rations

In 2000, Simona began receiving take-home rations from WFP while attending primary and junior high school in northern Ghana. Like other girls, she was encouraged to attend school regularly in order to qualify for the food package distributed at the end of the month. Today, she is a skilled midwife who attributes her success to the take-home ration programme and the related girls’ education scholarship programme, both of which motivated her to work hard in secondary school and at midwifery college.   

31 March 2015

10 Facts About WFP’s Fight Against Hunger in Nicaragua

A timeline of the top ten WFP operations in Nicaragua.

Nutrition
30 March 2015

Assisting Communities In Remote Northern Laos

Life can be difficult in northern Lao PDR with as many as two-thirds of villages not accessible by road during the rainy season and up to half of the population living below the poverty line.  Non Lao-Thai ethnic groups living in remote areas typically have lower health and education levels than the national average - partly due to poor access to services or cultural and linguistic barriers.  WFP is working in the remotest areas of Lao PDR to reduce undernutrition and improve access to health and education, especially for girls.  

Focus on Women
30 March 2015

Philippines: Women Humanitarian Workers Contribute To Zero Hunger

Behind efforts to achieve Zero Hunger are humanitarian staff working tirelessly in the field or behind office desks. Here is the story of two women staff from the World Food Programme (WFP) Philippines, Haydee Balading and Charlyn Pendang, who contribute to addressing food and nutrition security in the country.

Responding to Emergencies
27 March 2015

South Sudan Conflict Ends Woman’s Hope Of Teaching And Leaves Her Hungry

Fifteen months of fighting in South Sudan has forced almost two million people from their homes, damaged farming and trade and devastated people’s lives. Elizabeth Nyalat, who is among 50,000 receiving food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) in a place called Ganyiel, tells how the war destroyed her dream of becoming a school teacher. 

27 March 2015

Vanuatu: Picking Up The Pieces After Cyclone Pam

When Christine Manu saw the alert on her phone, she knew it meant trouble. It was time to grab her mother and daughter, and run. It’s cyclone season in Vanuatu, and the government sends colour-coded messages through radio and mobile phones advising people the level of intensity. 

Cash and Vouchers
27 March 2015

Philippines: Typhoon-Battered But Not Spent

When Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made its landfall in the province of Eastern Samar in the Philippines on 6 December 2014, many residents had never experienced a storm of such a scale. Melba Rivera and Wilmar Balagasay look back at the hardships they and their families endured and share how they have been rebuilding their lives after the storm through the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Contributions to WFP
26 March 2015

How Development Partners are Making Malawi Flood Response Possible

Thanks to contributions from development partners including UKaid through the Department for International Development (DFID), WFP has been able to rapidly deliver life-saving food assitance to victims of the 2015 floods in Malawi.

Focus on Women
24 March 2015

"I Want Women to Be Empowered"- A Personal Victory in Colombia

Liliana has overcome adversity through hard work and has now inspired a whole community. At 28 years old, Liliana’s future was cut short due to conflict; she grabbed her few belongings and fled with her husband and three children to a safer area of the country. Today, her family situation is different, full of triumphs and accomplished dreams.

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