On World Humanitarian Day, August 19, we recognize the contribution of aid workers who make sacrifices and face danger in order to aid people who need their help. Copyright: WFP/Rein Skullerud
Every day, humanitarian workers around the globe make sacrifices and face danger in order to aid people who need their help. As we recognize their commitment and dedication on World Humanitarian Day (August 19), here are four outstanding humanitarians who fight hunger for a living.
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ROME—A helicopter pilot delivers desperately needed relief items to a community stranded by floods. A food assistance monitor travels to a remote village to ensure children at a local school get the nutrition they need. A food security analyst uses cutting-edge mapping technology to gauge the effects of a recent drought.
Humanitarian workers at WFP have dozens of different job titles, but all share a commitment to helping hungry people around the world.
Millions of people benefit from their work, from children getting an education they might not otherwise receive to families rebuilding their lives in the wake of disaster.
Here are four examples of humanitarian workers making a difference on the front lines of hunger.
Sungval Tunsiri, Programme Officer
Sungval is deputy head of programming in Afghanistan, which means she works out the plans for what food should be distributed where. She's had several close calls over the course of her eventful career at WFP from a case of hypothermia in DPR Korea to an emergency landing in Afghanistan aboard a plane with a broken windshield. Read more
Ndeley Agbaw, Procurement Officer
Ndeley coordinates food procurement for WFP operations in the 19 countries of West Africa where WFP works. As well as sourcing food from the regional office in Dakar, this also involves supporting the organisation's country offices as they buy food locally. In the course of his work, Ndeley spends a lot of time training staff and liaising with local authorities and traders. Read more
Hector Roca, Food Security Analyst
Hector is an assistant in the VAM (Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping) unit of WFP’s Guatemala office. His job is to carry out food security and nutrition assessments and to produce maps displaying this information. He also helps with managing information databases. He says seeing the impact of WFP's work in his country fuels his committment to. Read more
Anwar Gul, Programme Officer
Anwar is head of WFP's sub-office in the northern Pakistan region of Swat. As a programme officer he oversees most of the organisation's activities in the area. These include school meals, Food-for-Work and nutrition programmes. Anwar's job involves coordination with community leaders and local officials. Read more