In the days since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, I have been impressed by the outpouring of support from generous people who have donated in support of the UN World Food Program’s recovery efforts.
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WFP has 136 staff members in Nepal who are mounting an emergency operation to help survivors of the Nepal earthquake.
In the first days of an emergency like Saturday's earthquake in Nepal, the World Food Programme sends in high-energy biscuits to help families survive.
Before the earthquake hit on Saturday, Nepal already faced many daily challenges. From rampant air pollution to high unemployment, the people of Nepal are faced with an array of struggles.
When a natural disaster strikes, people can lose everything in seconds. This is why a swift response by WFP makes the difference between recovery and prolonged suffering. When the earthquake struck Nepal this weekend, WFP was prepared.
With millions facing the devastation caused by Saturday’s catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, you can help survivors with a gift to World Food Program USA.
What is WFP doing to help?
Twenty years ago, in the period between filing and defending my Master’s thesis, I took off for Nepal to visit my Nepali graduate school roommate who was there working on a research project in the highland rural communities between Kathmandu and Pokhara. I had just one small backpack when I arrived in Kathmandu and took a rickshaw to meet her at a humble guesthouse in the Thamel district.
Natural disasters, like yesterday’s earthquake in Nepal, are a leading cause of hunger and malnutrition. Without protection from the risks associated with disasters, the most vulnerable people cannot build resilience that will be key in the face of a typhoon, flooding, famine or other natural disaster. Disaster risk reduction is therefore a prerequisite for sustainable development and for eliminating hunger, and is a major priority for WFP.
A powerful earthquake struck near the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, flattening entire sections of the city and killing nearly 1,500. All of the above photos are from Kathmandu.
WFP has been working in Nepal since 1963 in response to frequent natural disasters, low agricultural productivity and slow economic growth.
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