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647484
08/03/2015 - 15:44
Responding to Emergencies

Rapid Response Teams from WFP, UNICEF and non-governmental partners have been deployed to conflict-affected locations in the past weeks and have met people desperate for help.

Nyanuth and Maluit*, receiving food as part of the Rapid Response Team operations, speak through interpreters to share their experience.

Nyanath, a mother of four

"Thank you for coming at a time when we are still alive. The children of South Sudan are dying because of the war and hunger. We, the mothers, thank you.

"Our husbands have been killed – we are alone.

"We don’t have enough rain to plant our crops. We have had no food since April. Now we are facing hunger. WFP came to rescue us – to give us food and, we say thank you.

"We have suffered a lot - even some of us women have been killed.

"Our houses have been burnt – we are without sleeping provisions and cooking supplies. We have only old broken Dars (traditional clay pots). That is what we use.

"I am appealing to the Government of South Sudan and the Opposition. This war is making us truly suffer. We are suffering - please brothers sit and make peace. Think about our lives."

Maluit, a father of six 

"When the fighting started in Leer, Unity State we fled to Adok Port.

"When we arrived, there were not enough canoes for the people who were trying to cross the river for safety. We tied up the reeds and made rafts for sailing - it took us 20 days to reach Haat (in Jonglei State).

"My family and I survived by eating water lily plants and the roots of water reeds. Some fisherman shared their fish.

"Here in Haat, we have registered to receive food distributions from WFP. Before they came, the local people welcomed us and gave us the little amount of food they had. We were still consuming water lilies until the WFP food assistance arrived.

"My family has suffered things worse than hunger. I have two wives and six children. When we were fleeing the fighting, my second wife and our two children together were separated from us. I don’t know where they are and I don’t know if they are alive.

"Many people have lost their entire family.

"We have witnessed people being killed. Those who have escaped are dying of hunger. We count ourselves lucky. We have shelter now and help from people who don’t know us and had never seen us before. We also have food provided by the World Food Programme."

Both individuals are displaced people. In order to protect the identity of the two storytellers, only their first names have been used and no photos of them are included in the story.

Recent intensified fighting in several South Sudan locations has made it more difficult to provide humanitarian assistance to people in critical need. The World Food Programme (WFP) is adapting its operations to reach people who have been cut off from food assistance for months.

647511
08/03/2015 - 13:35
Food For Assets

Fifty-year-old Man Bahadur Praja recalls how the devastating 25 April earthquake that destroyed his family's home also left him and his family hungry and penniless.

Relief and recovery with employment programme

“I spent three nights at the banks of the nearby river under the open skies, with no food,” says the normally feisty Praja. This is the second time that a disaster has taken away his livelihood. In 2003, he was so angry with floods destroying his crops that he filed a legal case against the river. 

But this time there will be no need for lawsuits against nature. WFP is helping Praja’s family of five, along with thousands of others in Nepal affected by the quake, to get back on their feet following the disaster. As well as providing an emergency income, the food-for-assets programme is also helping to rehabilitate the severely battered community. Praja, along with members of 290 other households in his village have been hired by WFP to clear debris, construct temporary shelters and plant cash crops.

Assistance at the right time

The money he earns, about US$80 for 20 days work, is desperately needed. The family lives in the Makwanpur District, south of Kathmandu, more than one and a half hours from the nearest road. The earthquake has not only displaced the family from their home, it also ruined 250 kgs of stored millet and killed their goats and chickens. Landslides after the earthquake have swept away the family’s crop of broom grass plants, causing a loss of about 25,000 Nepali Rupees (US$250), a significant amount in a country where GDP per capita is just US$420 a year.

WFP helps families keep their children in school

However, by participating in the WFP programme, Praja has been able to plant 2,500 saplings of broom grass, 200 banana plants and constructed 50 pits to plant lemons. “This year I will have enough income to buy rice,” he says. “I am more concerned about my children than myself and my wife. Despite the hardships, I am still sending my children to school.”

Villagers from this community say they have utilised the money they earn to buy food, zinc sheets to rebuild their homes and medicine.

Story by Ramjee Dahal

The World Food Programme (WFP) is helping families to get back on their feet and rebuild their destroyed communities through emergency employment schemes. 

647491
07/31/2015 - 09:47
ED - E.Cousin

Executive Director makes first visit to Tajikistan

During her meetings with key government counterparts, including the Prime Minister of Tajikistan, as well as the Minister of Health and Social Protection and the Minister of Education, Cousin commended the Government of Tajikistan for prioritising food security and nutrition in the country’s National Development Strategy. She focused on WFP's continued commitment to working with the Government to support Tajikistan’s goal to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth and improved living standards for all.

The World Food Programme in Tajikistan

In achieving this goal, Ertharin Cousin urged the Government of Tajikistan to collaborate with other organisations like WFP, to address the chronic malnutrition that affects one in every four children under the age of five.

Healthy children are the future of Tajikistan

[quote|“I like healthy children, as they are the future of this country."- WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin]Commencing her first visit to Tajikistan, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin visited the Shaartuz District, a region which has the country’s worst malnutrition rates among children under five and where nutrition and education needs are most severe. 

While attending Shaartuz’ Primary Health Centre, Cousin was able to see how medical staff measure children’s height, weight and other development indicators that will help assess their growth progress. 

She also joined a counselling session for mothers, whose children were recently enrolled in a 8-10 week nutrition programme.

The World Food Programme in Tajikistan

Watching children eating Super Cereal Plus, a nourishing blend of corn and soya fortified with micronutrients, Executive Director Cousin said, “I like healthy children, as they are the future of this country."

A special year for farmers in Vatan

WFP's Executive Director also travelled to Vatan village, where poverty and high unemployment rates are chronic, to meet villagers who reconstructed an irrigation canal through WFP’s food-for-assets programme that provides them with food in return for their support building the canal.

In Vatan, a village affected by high temperatures, low rainfall, strong winds and difficult soils has previously affected production for local farmers in this area. Over 100 men and women volunteered  their labour to restore about 4 km of irrigational canal – just in time to make a second sowing season possible. “This is a very special year for us," said Khalima Gulamova, a local villager. “Being able to better water our land, we expect to reap three harvests before winter falls.”

At the site, Cousin sat with villagers on traditional kurpachas – long narrow mats – and discussed their new agricultural opportunities brought on from the improved irrigation. The impact of the project has benefited the entire village of about 2,500 people by allowing for more varied crops, an extended agricultural season, and increased economic activity that all support improved food security.

The World Food Programme in Tajikistan

Local communities at the heart of the response

Opening a panel discussion on the Centrality of Affected Communities at the World Humanitarian Summit in Dushanbe, Cousin emphasised that local communities shall play a key role in designing, implementing and monitoring the humanitarian response.

“Bringing a real meaning to being people-centred must be the objective of all of us as we move forward in developing the humanitarian framework to support our activities in the future,” said Cousin.

“Flexibility, agility at every level must be the watchwords. Creating frameworks that do not support particular needs is not the way forward. Ensuring that we listen to communities as they participate in the design, as well as in the implementation and monitoring of progress is how we shall more forward successfully,” concluded Cousin.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, met with leading government officials at the Regional South and Central Asia Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit and visited the Shaartuz District on a four-day trip to Tajikistan the week of 22 July.

647486
07/30/2015 - 16:49

 

 

1) Rinse the molokhia leaves and soak them in water for 2-3 minutes

2) Place the molokhia leaves in a stew pot

3) Add the chicken, chickpeas and enough water to cover the contents

4) Cover the pot and let it cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally 

5) For the sauce: mix finely diced garlic, red pepper and coriander into a separate pan until warm

6) Pour the sauce over the molokhia mix and add a final squeeze of lemon juice 

Molokhia is a dish typically served to guests and is usually accompanied with a side of rice. As it is a very traditional dish in Syria, Sahar was surprised to learn that molokhia leaves are not grown or cooked in Turkey since communities in southeast Turkey and Syria share many cultural and culinary similarities.

Cash And Vouchers


Photo: WFP/Jane Howard

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Read More

E-Food


Photo: WFP/Eyad Al Baba

[donation-form]WFP uses innovative ways to deliver food assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” sent to mobile phones by text message.
WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent launched the e-food card programme in 2012 in Turkey. The initative enables Syrian refugees to cook their own meals using fresh ingredients they can buy in the local markets. Read More

Welcome to WFP's new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of refugees who benefit from WFP's Cash And Vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes.

647472
07/30/2015 - 16:32
For Companies

Ensuring nutritious food is available to the people who need it most around the world is a big challenge for global humanitarian organisations such as WFP. The supply chains for emergency operations and country programmes are complex, and there are many considerations to take into account — including what specific food is needed, how to keep it safe and fresh and whether there are local solutions that can be developed or supported to better serve the food needs of a given community.

To help address these questions and improve operations, WFP is increasingly working with private sector partners on innovative projects across the supply chain. Here are three ways companies using their unique strength and expertise to improve the lives of people in need.

Improving the nutritional quality of WFP’s food

[quote|“Now, more than ever, our commitment is needed to address the real issues the world is facing. In our close partnership with WFP, we help to develop sustainable solutions to the problem of malnutrition.” Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM]Because WFP works with people facing a variety of challenges, the nutritional needs of those we serve will differ greatly depending on whether they are recovering from a natural disaster, suffering from malnutrition or living with HIV or another disease. 

To make sure we are able to provide the right type of nutritious food to people in different situations, WFP has been working with the life sciences company DSM since 2007. Through this collaborative partnership, WFP has drawn on DSM’s nutritional expertise and research and development capabilities to create nine new food products packed with nutrients that can address a number of specific needs. Today, the partnership is focused on making rice more nutritious as well as developing a new food product for people living with HIV.

Ensuring food is safe and fresh

WFP food is sourced, transported and distributed across the world, often in remote locations with challenging storage and transportation conditions. These long journeys and extreme temperature changes can potentially reduce the shelf life of certain foods, such as the specialised food products used to treat malnutrition.

WFP’s private sector partner Kemin is helping improve the shelf life and safety of this food in a number of ways. In addition to funding two food technologist positions within WFP, Kemin provides technical expertise and laboratory support to test processed and blended foods and determine what ingredients could improve their shelf life. The company is also helping train WFP food safety staff and has assisted in auditing WFP suppliers.

The World Food Programme and Kemin ensure food is safe and fresh for those most vulnerable

Photo: WFP/Andrea D'Errico

Supporting local food production

[quote|“PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation’s partnerships with WFP help us achieve our goal of delivering sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet.” Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo CEO and Chair of the PepsiCo Foundation]A major element of WFP’s strategy to end hunger in our lifetime is to seek ways to improve nutrition and food security within the countries where we operate. This includes buying from local farmers whenever possible and providing food assistance so communities have the time and support to build community projects like dykes and irrigation systems that will pay off for generations to come.

One example of this development approach is in Ethiopia, where PepsiCo Foundation, USAID and WFP are working together to create a market-based solution to economic, food and nutrition insecurity. The project focuses on developing a locally sourced chickpea-based product to treat malnourished children under five.

The World Food Programme and PepsiCo support local food production

Photo: WFP/Pia Artadi

Changing policy and investments in nutrition

In addition to the above, a large number of WFP’s private sector partners are adding their voices to the SUN Business Network, a group of businesses supporting countries’ efforts to improve nutrition and build a world with zero hunger.

Delivering food in emergencies. Helping communities become more self-sufficient. Encouraging education with school meals. Whatever the operation or programme, the World Food Programme (WFP) is committed to improving people’s nutrition, and the private sector has a vital role to play.​

647455
07/29/2015 - 15:18
Responding to Emergencies

Reaching Yemen and those in need

Yemen in Numbers

  • Population - 26.7 million
  • Internally displaced - 1.3 million
  • Severe food insecurity - 6.1 million
  • People reached with food assistance since April - 2.6 million

Three WFP-chartered vessels carrying food assistance and fuel have arrived at the Port of Aden in recent days. When the vessels docked the week of 22 July it was the first shipload of humanitarian supplies to reach Aden since conflict erupted in Yemen in March. The food will provide a lifeline for people in the southern governorates.

Being able to reach Aden directly via the port is a major breakthrough for WFP’s humanitarian response in Yemen. While we have been able to reach southern areas by land, docking at the Port of Aden allows WFP to speed up our deliveries and reach more people in southern cities in dire need of assistance. [story|647388|646373|646271|644939]

The World Food Programme delivering food in Yemen
Photo: WFP/Ammar Bamatraf

WFP is continuing to ship humanitarian supplies to Yemeni ports to meet the deep needs of hundreds of thousands of people for assistance. But humanitarian agencies cannot replace commercial food that is urgently needed to return to pre-crisis levels.

According to an Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Report (IPC) released in June, 6.1 million Yemenis – or one in five of the country’s population – are severely food insecure and should receive external assistance.

Providing nutrient-rich food to prevent malnutrition

Child malnutrition rates in Yemen are among the highest in the world. Around half of all children under five are stunted; too short for their age as a result of malnutrition. WFP is helping to further prevent malnutrition in children. In July, WFP dispatched 425 metric tons of special nutritional products at health centres still operating in Aden, Amran, Hodeidah and Sana’a city. This will cover around 31,000 children under five and pregnant women and nursing mothers for three months (July – September). 

Key challenges to the delivery of food assistance

Checkpoints, insecurity and the reluctance of transporters to access volatile areas remain key challenges to the delivery of food assistance via both road and sea. 

Additional WFP-chartered ships are heading for Aden port with more food. WFP is working to channel food through Aden to needy people particularly in the southern governorates, which are largely inaccessible because of fighting.

Funding helps emergency operations continue

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Photo:WFP/Yemen

WFP requires US$102 million to provide food assistance for the coming three months (August to October) to the most vulnerable conflict-affected people in Yemen. Sustainable funding is essential for WFP to be able to scale-up operations immediately; in June and July, WFP requires around US$43 million per month for emergency distributions to 2.5 million people.

In July, WFP has dispatched food sufficient for emergency food needs for some 1.42 million people in Aden, Amran, Hajjah, Hodeidah, Lahj, Sa’ada, Sana’a, Dhale and Taiz governorates.

Distribution for refugees at Kharaz camp was completed on 13 July to more than 24,500 camp residents and new arrivals.

  • Please donate today and help get life-saving food reach families who need us the most.

Since fighting escalated in April, the World Food Programme (WFP), with help from partners, has assisted more than two million people in Yemen by providing over 25,000 metric tons of food assistance.

647117
07/28/2015 - 16:10

1) In 2014, it was estimated that 5.9 million Colombians are internally displaced. After Syria, the second largest concentration of IDPs in the world is in Colombia. 

2) WFP works with government entities in early relief and recovery operations and supports the transition from humanitarian assistance to government social programmes.

3) The geography of the armed conflict has disproportionately affected women, Afro-Colombians and indigenous people. Approximately 60 percent of IDPs are women and children.

4) Among children receiving WFP food assistance, 24 percent are chronically malnourished.

5) The scarcity of dietary diversity in connection with dependency on natural resources contributes to the lack of access to food and malnutrition in indigenous communities.

6) Climate change impacts hunger and malnutrition, especially in dry ecozones and areas affected by drought.

7) In 2014, the national Unit for Integral Reparation and Assistance for Victims in Colombia (UARIV, in Spanish) reported humanitarian emergencies in 31 of the 32 departments within the country.

8) In La Guajira and other areas affected by natural disasters and conflict, WFP is building resilience in families with malnourished children.

Read more about what WFP is doing in Colombia

Learn more about hunger and malnutrition from WFP's comprehensive list of Facts About Hunger and Malnutrition.

Did you know that approximately one in ten people in Colombia is an internally displaced person (IDP)? Here are eight facts to understand the food and nutrition situation in Colombia and the World Food Programme's (WFP) activities to address this issue. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.

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07/28/2015 - 12:04

Saturday 11 July

Arriving in Lebanon 

The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson visits refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
Photo: WFP/Dina Elkassaby

As the plane touched down in Beirut the passengers burst into applause. Not because it had been a partially turbulent or long flight, but simple because “The Lebanese like to celebrate,” as the Lebanese-Australian lady next to me explained. 

I hadn’t realised this about the Lebanese, but then again, up until this point I’m embarrassed to admit that my knowledge of the Lebanese was restricted to stories of war and memories of an old neighbour’s fantastic tabouli!   

The amazing WFP staff members, Joelle and Dina, met me at the airport and let me rest for a few hours at my hotel before taking me out to dinner to experience the incredible local food. Let’s just say that the food was so good that I ate too much and slept very well that night nursing my full tummy! 

Sunday 12 July 

Sailing from Beirut 

The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson visits refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
Video: WFP/Dina Elkassaby

Although my stay in Beirut was short, I was thankful to have time in the mornings to see the city in my favourite way, walking and inevitably getting lost. There’s nothing like walking to get a feel for a place.

On the first morning after wandering the quiet streets (it was a Sunday morning) I found myself on the coast, the light sea breeze was refreshing after the hot humid streets. I enjoyed standing, taking in the movement of the water and watching locals fish with huge casting rods. 

[quote|"In front of the sea happiness is a simple idea" (Jean-Claude Izzo, "Chourmo")]

The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson visits refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
Photo: WFP/Dina Elkassaby

A little later that day I was lucky enough to spend an amazing afternoon sailing and talking to a group of young Lebanese and young Syrian refugees. As only a few of these teens had been on boats before and with the Australian ambassador there to see us off, we left the dock with an air of excitement.

Clear of the harbour, we found that the conditions were perfect for inexperienced sailors, the sun was shining, the water was calm and the wind light but steady enough to push us along at a gentle pace.    

Mariam's Story

The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson visits refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
Photo: WFP/Dina Elkassaby

After the sail, we all dined together where I enjoyed being able to ask the young crew a little more about their lives. They all had fascinating stories, but I was particularly struck by one girl’s story. Sixteen-year-old Mariam came from a town in northern Syria.

Her family made the incredibly difficult decision to flee to Lebanon and now they live in a refugee camp in the south of the city. Her older sister is still in Syria and I can’t imagine how I would feel if my sister was living in such a hostile environment. I do know that I’d be a basket case of worries! 

Mariam has passed three years in Lebanon and during this time she and her brother, Hamza, haven’t been able to attend school, something that clearly upsets her as she dreams of becoming a doctor. She doesn’t know if it will be possible to go to university anymore. 

Her words made me think of all the young people in Australia (myself included!) who don’t realise how lucky we are. Wow, am I going to appreciate my next dull lecture when I go back to university!

Talking to the group made me wish young people’s voices were given more attention. Imagine if the world’s old and wise decision makers were as free of prejudice, unburdened by historical conflicts and as committed to unity and peace.

Monday 13 July 

Bekaa Valley 

The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson visits refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
Photo: WFP/Joelle Eid

On the way out to the Bekaa Valley I shared a car with WFP’s head of the field office and the Australian ambassador who were full of insights about Lebanon and issues in the area. 

[quote|"I am blown away by the generosity of the Lebanese who have welcomed about a fourth of their population in refugees"(J. Watson)] Coming from Australia where they take in only a few thousand refugees every year I am blown away by the generosity of the Lebanese who have welcomed about a fourth of their population in refugees. 

I learnt quickly that fostering and building positive relationships between the Lebanese and Syrian refugees is incredibly important.

When we reached the camp itself I saw that it consisted of tents made from crude wooden frames covered with decaying plastic sheeting, held in place with rocks and rubble. Tiny gardens grew outside a few tents and the faces of small children peered out from the shadows of doorways. 

The children slowly grew more confident, or maybe escaped their parents watchful eyes and followed us around the camp, giggling. The boys were cheeky, clearly stirring trouble and the girls followed me around just like they do at primary schools back home. 

I heard how snow in the winter threatened to collapse the tents and the children, dressed in only a few light layers, had to help clear the snow.

One mother, Khadija, explained that after WFP had to cut back their food rations they weren’t able to eat chicken or meat anymore. She said that the hunger was making her depression worse.

Khadija's eyes reminded me of my own mother's eyes and her story made me emotional. She told me that her only hope was for peace, something that I am so utterly incapable of changing. As much I wish for the peace, she so badly wishes her girls were at school and there is nothing I can do to help on this matter either. 

The only thing that I can do is support WFP and hope that with enough funding WFP will be able to continue their food assistance and maybe even reinstate a slightly higher amount of support to stop Khadija and her family from feeling quite so hungry.  

Tuesday 14 July 

Azraq Refugee Camp 

The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson visits refugees in Lebanon and Jordan
Photo: WFP/Joelle Eid

It was great to hear that Malala Yousafzai was in Lebanon as well celebrating her 18th birthday by opening a school for girls. Her story is so inspiring and it’s great to see the positive impact she is having! 

I started the day with a briefing from WFP’s Emergency Coordinator in Jordan, a very passionate English man named Jonathan. He was very generous with his time, giving me a detailed account of what's going on in the region, very helpful with a map. 

He explained that WFP doesn't know where next month’s funding for Jordan will come from. Something that is clearly devastating to Jonathan and the other WFP staff members. He told me that if their food assistance stops, some refugees will continue trying to find any work they can, some have no idea and others say they will have to go back to Syria - even into regions that are controlled by ISIS, an absurdly terrifying idea, but they have no other option.  

After that we headed out to Azraq refugee camp. As we left the city the landscape turned to rolling sandy hills then to harsh, bare rocky plains. My first impression of the camp was that it was bleak - rows upon rows of basic white tin huts. I’ve seen prisons in Australia that look more inviting.  

[donation-form|2015-wfp-syria-jessicastory|2015-wfp-syria-jessicastory|629]Stopping at one of the identical huts we met a lady, Manal and her two daughters and her three identical eight-year-old triplet sons. Manal, one of the few family community leaders in the camp, had kindly offered to cook us dinner. So after showing us her hut we headed off to buy ingredients. The supermarket, basically just a huge shed, was packed and chaotic but we had fun finding the things we needed.  

Manal was keen to start preparing the meal straight away, I tried to help, but I’m sure I was really just in the way. The afternoon passed enjoyably. A few women from neighbouring huts dropped in. The family and Manal relaxed more as time passed. I got to see photos of one of the girl’s recently held wedding and we listened to music on my phone. 

I really enjoyed spending time with Manal’s oldest daughter Seedra - a feisty, loud and bossy 13-year-old. I just hope that Seedra stays feisty and strong through all the challenges that she’ll surely see in the next few years. 

As the sun set we left the hut for a little while and headed up a small hill. The colours of the setting sun were stunning, even over the bleak setting. But we didn’t have long to quietly enjoy the sunset as a big group of kids soon joined us - yelling, laughing, and doing backflips. 

With the light disappearing we shook off the kids and went back to the camp for an incredible dinner. I haven’t seen food appreciated like that in a long time, clearly it had been a while since they had eaten so well.

After dinner we headed outside to enjoy the light cool breeze and starry sky before reluctantly leaving at 21.00.  

Since my voyage around the world, I have been called brave a lot, but in comparison to what these people have been through and are going through, having the courage to sail around the world is pathetic. 

The day was certainly one of the most incredible days I’ve ever had. 

Wednesday 15 July

Save the Children Centre and Australian Embassy 

The day started with a visit to a big local Save the Children community centre with Kate, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy. The centre was an old tobacco factory converted into classes and meeting rooms.

We were shown around, visiting different class rooms, including one where mothers were taking a basic literacy and numeracy and computer science class. It felt like we were opening doors at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, every room revealed wonderful things - kids keenly learning and building connections between the Jordanian and Syrian communities.  

I joined a group of older teenage girls who were sharing a little about themselves. It’s certainly distressing to hear that many of the careers that the girls dream of having will not be allowed by their parents. Although I was thrilled to hear one girl suggest that nothing is impossible! 

I was also able to give a short presentation to them on my voyage. It’s difficult to present through a translator, but the girls were glued to the pictures and asked some great questions. 

I was able to repeat the presentation to a group of staff members and an English class. I haven’t enjoyed giving a presentation that much in a long time. One of the young male staff members asked if I cried during the voyage. I told him that I did a lot, but not as much as the guy whose record I broke, something that went down very well! 

Driving back through the streets I was able to see just a little of the city before we arrived for lunch at the Embassy.

The Embassy was huge (although insignificant compared to the US Embassy!) and Australian’s working with non-governmental organisations  were invited along to join us. There was very yummy Palestinian catering and we checked out the view of the city from the pool (yes pool!) terrace before I left for the airport.  

Flying out of Jordan I didn’t really feel ready to leave.

 

The World Food Programme's (WFP) Youth Ambassador Against Hunger Jessica Watson, the youngest person to sail the world, shares insights from her recent trip to Lebanon and Jordan where she sailed in the Mediterranean with a group of dynamic teens from Syria and Lebanon and visited refugee families living in camps.

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07/23/2015 - 16:21
WFP Ambassadors

Watch Hunger Stop

Even before becoming an ambassador, Michael Kors has been an active supporter of WFP’s advocacy and fundraising efforts across media platforms and in his stores as a corporate partner through the Watch Hunger Stop campaign.

[quote|“It’s an honour to be named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger, and a further inspiration to me to continue the important work of ending world hunger hand in hand with WFP” - Michael Kors]Launched in 2013, Watch Hunger Stop has been raising awareness and funds for WFP's School Meals programmes by designing and selling limited edition and special-edition Michael Kors watches, with US$25 of each sale going to children in need. Additionally, Michael Kors has used his powerful voice on social media to garner support for WFP’s most urgent emergency operations targeting those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Nepal earthquake and Syrian refugees.  Since its inception, Watch Hunger Stop has helped deliver over 10 million meals to school children throughout the world.

WFP Global Ambassador

“It’s an honour to be named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger, and a further inspiration to me to continue the important work of ending world hunger hand in hand with WFP,” says Kors. “WFP has a global presence, with people on the ground in countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition, and they’re doing an amazing job helping families and communities build a better future for themselves.”

A champion in the fight against hunger

Michael has been a long-time champion in the fight against hunger. Since the 1980s, he has worked with God’s Love We Deliver to provide nutritious meals to New Yorkers who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. The Ambassadorship with WFP extends his commitment to support hungry communities on a global scale. 

Kors joins a special group of WFP Ambassadors that includes sporting legends such as the Olympic marathon runner Paul Tergat, footballer Kaká; media celebrities such as Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani; platinum-selling musical artists Christina Aguilera and Sami Yusuf; football coach José Mourinho; U.S. philanthropist Howard G. Buffett; and actresses Hend Sabry and Drew Barrymore. 

 

Internationally renowned fashion designer Michael Kors has been named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). A tireless advocate for the world’s disadvantaged, Kors will use his position to continue raising awareness of WFP’s work to build a world with Zero Hunger

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07/23/2015 - 13:59
Food For Assets, Nutrition, School Meals

How is WFP fighting hunger in North Kivu?

Current operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are designed to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable people in the country’s most conflict-affected provinces, like North Kivu.

WFP aims to assist 1.4 million people in DRC in 2015. WFP provides life-saving food assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in conflict-affected areas, reduces malnutrition through supplemental feeding to children aged 6-59 months, as well as to pregnant and nursing women, provides school feeding to displaced children, and supports the early recovery of people returning to their areas of origin.

Refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Here is an aerial overview of the IDP camp in Lushebere, North Kivu, DRC. It shelters 4,500 of the 202,000 IDPs living in camps across this eastern province.

The World Food Programme delivers food to refugee camps in Refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The food assistance route, which begins much earlier with generous government funding, in WFP warehouses.  Each warehouse holds on average, 5,000 tons of food which is delivered to the most vulnerable people across the province - about 200,000 beneficiaries.

The World Food Programme delivers food to refugee camps in Refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo wait to receive food assistance from the World Food Programme

Since March 2012, all formerly closed camps around Goma have been re-opened due to a mass influx of IDPs. Mugunga 3 camp currently shelters more than 5,000 people - among them 1,600 persons identified as being vulnerable and have been regularly assisted by WFP since April 2014.

Distributions at an IDP camp, like Mugunga 3, are handled by WFP partner, Caritas. During food the distributions there is an atmosphere of feverish expectation among beneficiaries. 

Refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo wait to receive food assistance from the World Food Programme

Mungote camp is located in Kitchanga in Masisi territory, 85 km north-west of Goma. It’s the oldest camp in the territory of Masisi and has been in existence since December 2006. It currently shelters nearly 17,000 people - among them some 5,000 persons identified as being vulnerable and have been regularly assisted by WFP since April 2014.

Protein-rich beans are being distributed. They are an essential food that ensures a healthy balanced diet.

A refugee in the Democratic Republic of Congo waits to receive food assistance from the World Food Programme

This woman, with her tin can, waits for her share of cooking oil. Her age means she is listed as a vulnerable person.

School Feeding Programme

[story|645119]Each month WFP distributes corn flour to the camps. From this distribution nutritious fufu balls, along with beans, are cooked daily for the local school children. This will often be their only meal for the day. These meals will allow them to improve their nutritional status and provide a good incentive for the children to attend their classes.

Refugee children in the Democratic Republic of Congo receive food at school from the World Food Programme

Fufu balls are served to school children.

Refugee children in the Democratic Republic of Congo wait to receive food at school from the World Food Programme

Children wait for their serving of fufu balls as part of WFP's school meals programme.

Nutrition centres - Fighting malnutrition at its roots

The nutrition centre at Mugunga 3 camp treats 195 pregnant and nursing women and children monthly. They receive a premix of corn, soya, beans, flour, enriched peanut paste, vegetable oil and sugar.

Refugee children in the Democratic Republic of Congo receive food from the World Food Programme to treat malnutrition

This six-month-old boy has been brought to the nutrition centre where he will be treated for malnutrition.

Refugee mothers in the Democratic Republic of Congo receive food from the World Food Programme to treat malnutrition

A mother receives a monthly ration of specialised nutritional product for the treatment of malnutrition for her child. This enriched peanut paste will allow him to recover over the coming weeks and months. In early 2015, WFP distributed this special paste to 133 young beneficiaries at the nutrition centre in Mugunga 3 camp.

Food For Work - From emergency to resilience building

In the Democratic Republic of Congo the World Food Programme offers food-for-work assistance.

How does the WFP food-for-work programme address environmental and women’s protection issues in Lac Vert camp? Through the production of biomass briquettes made of old paper from WFP offices and sawdust.

Their manufacture and use in the camps limits the cutting of firewood which in turn helps protects the environment. Briquettes also help reduce household expenditure and spare women the chore of having to find wood in the bush where they are often exposed to sexual violence.

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Those who work in the programme are members of the host community. In exchange for their work, through which they make hundreds of briquettes daily for the 5,500 vulnerable people living in the camp, they receive WFP food rations. 

In the Democratic Republic of Congo the World Food Programme offers food-for-work assistance.

The Luhonga marshes were drained through the hard work of 600 returned households. These households lost almost everything in their villages of origin after living several years in IDP camps.

WFP's food-for-work programme has allowed them to produce their own food. After three months of work, 24 hectares were drained and planted by the beneficiaries. When the leeks and cabbages are harvested, some will be eaten by the programme participants while others will be sold, thus earning a small income for these returned families.

Learn more about WFP's operations in DRC by visiting our country page.

The World Food Programme (WFP) sends 1,500 tons of food each month to the most vulnerable people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.