A partner of the World Food Programme
As the largest implementing partner of the World Food Programme (WFP), World Vision has been a global leader in food assistance for years. Because we’re well-established and trusted in the regions where we work, we’re able to deliver food quickly and efficiently, preventing wide scale death and pulling children back from the edge of starvation.
Our feeding centres in CAR are no exception. “Thanks to WFP and World Vision, Melvina gets rations at school to take home,” says Zenou. “It helps us make ends meet.”
Child Friendly Spaces
But that’s not where Melvina’s journey with World Vision ends. Though crucial, food is just the first step towards strengthening communities. That’s why, in 2014, we launched Child Friendly Spaces across the country, where children can play and learn safely. In CAR these also serve as peace clubs, to help children like Melvina cope with the trauma of conflict and build social cohesion with their peers.
It’s why we facilitate workshops on child protection and work alongside faith leaders from multiple faiths to work together to care for children. And it’s why we’ve developed peacebuilding materials to use in classrooms.
But none of this is possible without food. If people are hungry and sick, their ability to engage in peacebuilding initiatives is hindered. Food can be what opens that first door towards a stronger community.
Right now, 45 million people are on the brink of starvation. But together we can make a difference to lives, like Melvina’s.