Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Rwanda's dream of a music school

The author Kahlil Gibran once wrote, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

In the African nation of Rwanda, the spirit of peace is so needed just two decades removed from a civil war and genocide. Mary Fanaro, the director of the charity OmniPeace, recently visited there.
Her organization helps communities overcome poverty by enhancing education.

Read the full article at The Huffington Post.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Food aid reaches Syrian town after ISIS ousted

The town of Tal Abyad in Syria has just received a delivery of humanitarian aid from the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The town had been cut off from food assistance for eight months because of the ISIS terrorist group, which had taken control.

Read the full article at Examiner.

Helping Syrian refugee children with school meals

There is a silent crisis unfolding every day in Jordan and throughout the Middle East. It is another devastating effect of Syria’s civil war.

Syrian refugees are falling deeper into hunger. Children are suffering the most, being forced to work and beg to provide for their family.

Read the full article at The Jordan Times.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My New York Times Letter on Syria Hunger Crisis

Cuts in food aid are leading Syrian refugees to take desperate measures.

This is a terrible situation for Syrian children to be forced to beg and work just to get a meal. But we can do something about it.

Please see my letter in today’s New York Times.

Also for historical perspective on fighting child hunger please see the video Ending Child Hunger: School Lunches for Kids Around the World.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The chance for food and peace in Syria

For Syria to survive as a nation, they must have food. The farmers must be able to grow and harvest their crops in peace.

But the four-year civil war has destroyed food production, the very heart of any nation. The fighting has left innocent civilians to starve.

That is why the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for a ceasefire throughout Syria. It’s time to put down the guns and defeat the enemy of hunger.

Read the full article at The Hill.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WFP director Ertharin Cousin joins Taylor Swift on Forbes list

The director of the UN World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, joins Taylor Swift on the Forbes annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Women. Cousin came in at #47, followed closely by the music star Swift at #64.

Read the full article at Examiner.

New food project keeps things local in Haiti

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is starting a special two-year project aimed at helping Haiti build its agriculture. It was scheduled to start in May in the Nippes region.

Read the full article at Examiner.