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Martin Penner, a former journalist, has worked for WFP since 2008.
One year after the earthquake, WFP is helping Haitians move beyond the disaster and start building a future free from hunger. Our food assistance provides meals for children in school, shields babies and mothers from malnutrition, helps economic recovery and supports small farmers.
ROME -- One year ago Haiti was devastated by its biggest earthquake in two centuries. The humanitarian community launched a massive relief operation to meet the immediate needs of the people left homeless and hungry. Our role was to deliver urgently needed food aid to the quake survivors. See photo gallery
As the country started to rebuild, the focus of operations in Haiti shifted from short-term needs to the long term challenge. Now, 12 months on, WFP’s goal is to help Haiti get to the point where it can feed itself and become more resilient to natural disasters. See photo gallery
This is no easy task and requires progress in a wide range of areas. But food assistance has a key role to play. Here are four Haitians who are receiving WFP support as they help their country move towards food security.
Marie Anika can only hope to achieve her dream of working in a bank if she studies hard in school. If she succeeds, she will earn more in later life, be less susceptible to hunger and help the Haitian economy develop. WFP school meals are keeping her in school and helping her focus on her studies.
Cassandre is part of a team that is clearing quake rubble from roads and drainage channels. By doing so she is helping repair the infrastructure which is essential for the Haitian economy to develop. As she works for her community, she is receiving food rations from WFP to support her family.
Farah naturally wants her two baby daughters to grow up strong, physically and mentally. If they do, they will be able to support themselves and their families when they are older and their children are less likely to be hungry. WFP is providing Farah with nutritious food for her children.
Jean Claude has only 10 cows. In order to be financially secure and to increase production, he needs a reliable market for his milk. Now, thanks to a pilot project run by WFP, he has that. He delivers his milk to a cooperative, which then sells it to WFP to give to children in schools.
Meet Jean Claude