“I do not know when I will be able to rebuild my destroyed home, but then I am happy that I still have my husband to hold my hand.”

In July, 2019, heavy rains in Nepal triggered flash floods and landslides across the country’s southern plains. Some families lost everything, including their homes, income, and crops. They now face an uncertain future.

The floods caused widespread destruction and families were forced to flee. Photo: WFP/Photo library

Several staff from the World Food Programme (WFP) were quickly mobilized to four of the hardest-hit districts to provide vulnerable families with life-saving food assistance.

A month after the floods, I visited one of the communities hit by the floods in southern Nepal, the region considered as ‘the bread basket’ of the country. After a short flight to the town of Birgunj and a five-hour drive on…


Bringing new life to families in Wakhan, Afghanistan

Home to towering mountains, freezing winters and sandy deserts, Wakhan is one of the most remote parts of Afghanistan. Here, families live among deer and snow leopards and depend on the land, their livestock and a changing climate to survive.

A farmer in Wakhan is surrounded by trees that were planted as part of WFP’s reforestation activities. Photo: WFP/Wahidullah Amani

Tucked in between Tajikistan and Pakistan, Wakhan is home to the highest levels of food-insecurity in the country. In some parts of the province up to 80% of people aren’t getting enough to eat. The weather is one of the biggest obstacles. For almost 7 months a year, heavy snow cuts families off from the outside world. The other 5…


The World Food Programme’s intern Juleysia Sarmento shares why she has fallen in love with Timorese food

Growing up in Timor-Leste, I have always been surrounded by fresh and healthy food. Our seas are full of delicious fish, the mountains are covered in coffee plants and families in rural areas grow organic vegetables in their own backyards. Food is all around, but I’d never learnt how to take advantage of all the ingredients that are on offer.

A new dish and a new way of looking at Timorese cuisine. Photo: WFP/Photo library

Part of the World Food Programme’s work towards achieving Zero Hunger around the world involves promoting healthy and nutritious diets, made from locally produced ingredients. …


From the school kitchen to the stage — Cambodia’s school cooks compete and share their passion for helping others

For the last three years, Keo Roth’s days have started at 4 am. She wakes up in the dark, travels to her local school and starts cooking breakfast for hundreds of students. She works quickly to prepare what is for many students their main meal of the day.

And she’s not alone. Each day, 3,000 school cooks perform the same ritual. They are all volunteers and share a common passion for cooking delicious meals, using local ingredients and ensuring that children across the country start the day with a warm and healthy meal.

But today isn’t a normal day. Keo…


Aunty Perp is determined that her village in Laos will leave malnutrition behind

The boat landing in Pakbeng,Oudomxay Province, is buzzing with life. We get on board, and as we settle down under the roof, bags of vegetables, chicken baskets and cardboard boxes are handed down into the boat, weighing it down gradually. Shouts and laughter fill the air. Then, suddenly, the engine revs up and we are off.

Louangthong village is so remote it can only be reached by boat. Photo: WFP/Vilakhone Sipaseuth

Up the Mekong River, the water highway takes us through stunning landscapes of lush green mountains on both sides of the riverbed. Two hours and countless sightings of water buffalos, cows and goats later, we arrive at Louangtong village.

As we scramble out of…


WFP’s Haidar Baqir shares why he completed the ultimate physical challenge to remember his lost colleagues

For the last 16 years, Haidar has been working to connect some of the world’s most isolated communities with the rest of the world. As a Regional IT Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer in Asia, he works with governments and humanitarians when requested to ensure they have the communications tools they need when disasters strike. This work helps communities to request help and humanitarians to respond to their needs more effectively.

When Haidar’s not at work, he’s most likely on a bike, running through busy streets or clocking-up laps in a swimming pool. Training is a part of his life…


Taking WFP’s school meals to new heights in the Himalayan country of Nepal

For Mr Khaga Raj Baral, Nepal’s Secretary (Education) of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, his schooldays are always associated with his quickness with numbers, struggles with geometry, and the occasional sneaking out of class to watch his uncle, who happened to be the school cook, prepare ‘haluwa’ — a traditional Nepalese dish made of wheat soya blend.

Mr Khaga Raj Baral, Nepal’s Secretary (Education) of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has warm memories of eating school meals as a child. Photo: supplied

“I was the one who always got the right answers to those tricky math questions, but never understood what a ‘pi’ meant in a circle,” recalls Mr Baral. His fondest memory, however, is the haluwas.

“Because it was mixed with ghee…


Julio from Timor-Leste has seen a lot in the last 17 years, but staying safe on the road remains his priority

You’ll usually find Julio Filomeno Brites on a winding road in the mountains of Timor-Leste, crossing bridges, driving through stunning scenery and making sure that everyone reaches their final destination safely.

Julio is a man with big, contagious smiles but few words. He has worked for the World Food Programme for 17 years — an amazing achievement, considering that WFP has operated in Timor-Leste for 20 years.

Julio is proud to help his colleagues to reach those in need. Photo: WFP/Juleysia Sarmento

His work has taken him across the country, and he has seen this young nation change from his front-row seat. As WFP’s longest serving staff member in Timor-Leste, Julio has kept WFP staff…


Brenda Barton, WFP’s Country Director in Sri Lanka shares why she’s spent her career helping those in need

Brenda with some students in Sri Lanka who are enjoying a healthy meal from WFP. Photo: WFP/SadhanaMohan

What does being a humanitarian mean to you?

Being a humanitarian is a way of life — it’s a 360-degree approach. For me, it starts with a daily session of mindfulness and ends doing actions to improve the human condition. As the Country Director of the World Food Programme in Sri Lanka, it means checking if I am doing everything possible to help communities in need through our projects while maximizing efforts with government partners — and others — to deliver. As a leader, I seek to better support the World Food Programme team in the front line to deliver on promised results. Outside of work, it’s about…


Sok Lin’s face is filled with an enormous grin.

She loves attending school and like many Cambodian students, dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up. At 13 years old, she’s motivated to study, and not just when she’s at school.

‘‘I always want to come to school because I will then learn new lessons from my teacher. This helps me with my homework,” she said.

Sok Lin loves studying Khmer poetry at school. Photo: WFP/Ratanak Leng

At home, her life is very different. Her parents migrated to Thailand three years ago in search of employment and a better income, and they are yet to return. But they aren’t alone…

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