Focus on Women Stories
Four months after civil war broke out in the Ivory Coast, many displaced families remain far from home, either unable to return to their villages or too worried to do so. Some of them - including many traumatised women and children - are living in encampments outside Abidjan, where they are being supported by WFP food assistance.
“I felt a real difference the first time I went back to the field as a mother,” says Valerie Guarnieri, whose dedication to feeding the hungry has stretched from Sudan, to the Philippines, to her current job as Director of Programme at WFP’s headquarters in Rome.
Until recently, Neri, an HIV+ mother of three, often had to choose between feeding her children and feeding herself. It was an impossible choice and she might have died if she hadn't started receiving food as part of her treatment. She's now healther, better able to care for her family and was able to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Eugenia, 42, used to have a thriving chicken farm, before it was washed away by a wave of flash floods in eastern Bolivia. Afterwards, she feared that her family would have to eat their few remaining chickens to survive. But thanks to emergency food assistance, she’ll be able to keep her chickens and raise more as she rebuilds her farm.
From morning to night, Elise spends her days taking care of her family and working in nearby rice fields. As a beneficiary of the Lowlands Management Project, she is now better able to provide for her six children.