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Aid professionals
14 August 2014

Philippines: Field Monitor Assistants - Frontliners, Peace Advocates, Humanitarians

Fahima Abdulaziz is one of the longest-serving Field Monitor Assistants in WFP Philippines. Here she shares how she started and what motivates her to carry on as a humanitarian worker.

Focus on Women
13 August 2014

Capturing Realities of Indigenous Rural Women in Ecuador

Rural Ecuadorian women are saddled with domestic duties, in addition to the responsibilities of tending agriculture and living a rural lifestyle, which often entails withstanding domestic abuse and marginalization. Rural indigenous women in Ecuador experience a disproportionate amount of domestic violence.

In all of Ecuador, six out of ten women have reported domestic abuse at some point in their lives. However, the statistic rises to 68% among rural indigenous women.

11 August 2014

Humanitarian Heroes of Ecuador

World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on August 19th around the world. It was on this day in 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. On World Humanitarian Day we remember those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and pay tribute to those that are making a difference through their hard work and sacrifice. These are our WFP humanitarian heroes changing lives in Ecuador.

11 August 2014

Humanitarian Heroes of Nicaragua

World Humanitarian Day is celebrated on August 19th around the world. It was on this day in 2003, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at the UN headquarters in Baghdad. On World Humanitarian Day we remember those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and pay tribute to those that are making a difference through their hard work and sacrifice. These are our WFP humanitarian heroes changing lives in Nicaragua.

11 August 2014

WFP: Taking Swift Action To Help Iraq's Displaced Populations

In spite of the challenging security situation and the fact that displaced populations are on the move, WFP has successfully distributed food to more than 438,000 people in 10 governorates across Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the crisis that first hit Mosul in mid-June and spread to surrounding cities and governorates. In recent days, a rising number of Iraqis have found themselves stranded around Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains, fleeing violence. Since 4 August, WFP has set up four emergency kitchens in Dohuk and Lalish, enabling the food agency to assist more than 100,000 people who have fled the Sinjar area.

School Meals
8 August 2014

Fuel Efficient Stove 'LOLA' Makes School Kitchens Smoke-Free in Bolivia

Cooking on stove tops with heavy exposure to smoke has always made preparing school meals uncomfortable and unhealthy for mothers in Chuquisaca schools. The smoke irritated their eyes and throats, and not only consumed a lot of firewood but also time. With the financial support of TRUVIA, the Association of Municipalities Supporting School Feeding in Chuquisaca (MAECH) and WFP, schools built ecological stoves nicknamed LOLA. “We are free of the smoke”, said one mother.

7 August 2014

What WFP Is Doing To Prevent Disaster In South Sudan

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. Facts, Videos, Photos and Maps to give you an overview of the situation.

5 August 2014

Dispatches from C.A.R. Episode 3: Among the Killings and Looting, a Baby is Born

On the evening of 11 July, a baby was born in Boda. I met the tiny little girl and her mother, 18-year-old Félicité, in the early hours of the following day. Félicité was sitting by the fire, just outside a tent, in the camp on the Catholic church compound. The baby was sound asleep. Such a small baby, still unnamed, wrapped in an orange blanket.

Nutrition
1 August 2014

Mali: In the face of drought, WFP works to ward off malnutrition

During the lean season, when food from the last harvest begins to run out, levels of malnutrition can nearly double. Any added stress during these difficult months can further threaten the health of already-vulnerable people. In Mali, WFP is working hard to make sure a grim situation does not get worse.

Focus on Women
31 July 2014

Panama Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

From the 1st to the 7th of August, Breastfeeding Week is all about promoting breastfeeding to teens, mothers, institutions, private sector, and organizations. Breastfeeding can change the course of a child’s life!
In Latin America, WFP in Panama is a big fan of breastfeeding because of its important effects on nutrition. Therefore they support the National Commission for Breastfeeding to raise as much awareness during this week.

Here is how Panama raises awareness on Breastfeeding:

 

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