UN World Food Programme

Nicaragua: "This Experience Changed my Worldly Perspective"

Fabiola Chavez during one of her visits to families in the Company Creek community, in the municipality of Desembocadura de Rio Grande in the South Atlantic. 

WFP Nicaragua staff member, Fabiola Chavez, participates in an EFSA for the first time. 

Her friendly face and huge smile greets colleagues, visitors, and vendors alike who come to the WFP Managua Office, where she has worked as a receptionist for the past five years.

 

Fabiola Chavez, of dark complexion and curly hair, is a provider, head of her household, and mother of three children ages 6,7,12. She expressed that her lifelong motivation was always to work in a humanitarian agency and serve those in need. 

“My job is at the front desk, however I wanted to know more about working in communities, conversing with the people, but above everything do something to help,” said Fabiola. 

At the end of 2013, at the request of the Government of Nicaragua, WFP held an Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) on Nicaraguan communities near the Caribbean coast, in order to assess the effects caused by floods and heavy winter rains on food and nutrition security of families in the area. Fabiola seized the opportunity and made a request to join the team that would gather information in the field. 

Fabiola did the proper training for carrying out surveys, left her children with her mother, and packed what was necessary for working in rural communities. 
For fifteen days without rest, Fabiola along with a team of experts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAGFOR), Ministry of Family Affairs and from the WFP visited communities in the municipalities of Desembocadura de Rio Grande and Laguna de Perlas in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), where families live in impoverished conditions and are vulnerable to food and nutrition insecurity.

“It was a very exhausting mission. We walked for hours under the burning sun and humidity until we reached the most remote communities. We crossed rivers, mudflats, and rocky paths; a challenge for a person like me who is not used to exercise,” she says.

Fabiola interviewed families who were struggling with food insecurity due to severe floods that damaged all of their crops. “It was very sad to listen to what these people have to go through in order to survive in the midst of so many obstacles,” says Fabiola.  

 “I returned to my job with a new perspective about life, aware that we have to appreciate those who are underprivileged and appreciate what we have. This experience encouraged me to undergo professional training to fulfil my dream of helping those in need and do it with total commitment, regardless of the obstacles,” she concluded.