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It has been a year since Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) devastated the Visayas region of the Philippines. The World Food Programme’s Faizza Tanggol and Anthony Chase Lim went back to Leyte to find out how the people are rebuilding their lives one year on.
After Typhoon Haiyan flattened her home in the Philippines, Analy’s first thought was to unearth the medals her children had won at school. The bits of ribbon and metal symbolised the family’s hopes of a better future. A year later, the family still has some rebuilding to do but Analy is happy to report that her children are back in school and hopes for the future are as vibrant as ever.
For many years the farming community of Ha-Sankoe in Rothe communal area has struggled to cope with extreme weather shocks that have left many families destitute. They have toiled in barren fields but ended up harvesting little. Despite years of food insecurity, this year the heavens smiled on Ha-Sankoe after the World Food Programme (WFP) introduced a Food-for-Assets scheme. Thanks to a US$ 1 million contribution from the Government of Russia, 80 villagers from Rothe have been able to rehabilitate their eroded land.
It's a year since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its wake. Here's a look back at what happened and how - thanks to partners and supporters around the world - the World Food Programme was able to respond.
Malwera Lekomom only made it through year 7 in school. Her family’s needs forced her to abandon her education in order to help out at home. But with support from the World Food Programme, she's shaping a bright future for her children and countless others...
On October 19, the UN celebrated Rural Women’s Day and World Food Day by organizing an event with healthy activities for families at El Ejido Park in Quito. The event was held by WFP and local, national, and international partners, as well as smallholder women farmers from rural areas of Ecuador who have formed associations to work together, reduce costs, and improve access to markets. At the event, information regarding rural women, their importance in agricultural production, and the ways in which people in cities can support them, such as purchasing their fresh and healthy products, was shared with the public.
As well as providing food to families affected by Ebola in West Africa, WFP is also providing crucial logistics support to our partners in this massive emergency operation. As you can see below, this includes building treatment units, dispatching relief supplies, building warehouses and transporting aid workers.
WFP-supported saving schemes in Uganda are enabling farmers to readily access cash, thereby reducing the likelihood of them having to sell their produce at a lower price to meet their immediate needs.
Last month, disaster preparedness and response staff of the Government of Uganda and staff from ten humanitarian agencies participated in a WFP supported simulation exercise to gauge Uganda's readiness to handle a sudden onset of disaster.