A unique view of all the ways WFP is assisting millions of people worldwide.
One never knows the effectiveness of a disaster preparedness and response programme until a disaster strikes. So how did communities in Sorsogon fare when Typhoon Glenda (international name: Rammasun) hit their province?
Since violence erupted across Northern Iraq, causing massive displacements in mid-June from Mosul and surrounding towns and villages, the situation has deteriorated rapidly. Conflict and political instability have forced 1.2 million people from their homes. Cars, packed with children, have been fleeing into the Kurdish region, where hundreds of thousands of people are already sheltering.
When many people think of the aid workers responding to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, most think of those distributing food, organising airdrops, or negotiating with armed groups for access. But there are many people who work tirelessly behind the scenes in administration, finance and human resources, and who are critical to ensuring that WFP’s food and nutrition assistance reaches people in urgent need.
The World Food Programme (WFP) and partners have been working all-out for months to try to prevent a hunger catastrophe in South Sudan, overcoming enormous obstacles to bring food and other assistance to people in desperate need. Part of WFP’s response includes deploying emergency mobile teams to reach vulnerable people who have been isolated by conflict in some of the most food-insecure areasof the country. The teams set up distribution sites from scratch, managing air-drop zones and sleeping in tents – and facing challenges that range in size from tiny scorpions to big guns. Here are a few stories from WFP staff members who have been part of these mobile emergency response teams.
WFP and partners have been working flat-out for months to try to prevent a hunger catastrophe in South Sudan, overcoming enormous obstacles to bring food and other assistance to people in desperate need who have been isolated by conflict. Part of WFP’s response includes rapid response teams that are deployed to hard-to-reach communities affected by the conflict. Lucy Wasuk, a South Sudanese programme officer tells us about her experience as a member of one of these teams, her recent mission to Adok in Unity State, where WFP assisted over 54,000 people. She also talks about being a humanitarian worker.
August 19 is World Humanitarian Day—a time to remember those who lost their lives in the course of serving others and a time to celebrate those who are in the field, every day, building a better world for everyone. A statement from the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin.
To help those who are in need has been part of a legacy that his father, a physician, sewed in his heart when he was a child. Mario Sibrian, a Honduran national working in South Sudan for WFP Aviation, has been living up to his father's legacy for the last 14 years. That is his driving force behind his commitment to humanitarian assistance during the tsunami in Asia, the Haiti Earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Benedicta, 18, is one of thousands of girls in Ghana who receive take-home rations from WFP to reward good attendance. At the 12th annual Ghana Education Service/World Food Programme Girls’ Education Scholarship ceremony, she and other girls from WFP-assisted schools were given scholarships to complete secondary school, an opportunity that otherwise would have remained out of their reach.
A severe drought is affecting much of Central America. At the request of the Government of Nicaragua, WFP is providing urgent food relief to rural families affected by what is thought to be the worst drought in three decades. The resources of this operation were part of contributions made by Canada, Brazil and Australia.
Lilongwe – In anticipation of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, WFP is joining other organizations and agencies around the globe to acknowledge the heroes who risk their lives every day to help people in need. WFP Malawi spoke to one of its own humanitarian heroes, Gregorio Kambuwa, who retired last month at the age of 65 after having served on the team for 15 years.