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Ismael Dogo with So'ayba, my favorite little girl in Bilandao. (top)   Bilandao's organized women's group, my main work partners. (above)  
"Dogo-Yaro [Tall man - child] Toss", me entertaining the children in one of the villages along our HIV/AIDS Awareness bike tour. (Below)

A pair of premature twin boys born to a teenage wife in Bilandao. (top)  My neighbor Abdu's malnurished daughter with obvious distended belly. (above)  Apathy is a clear indication of dehydration and malnurishment. Without even enough energy to swat the flies from his eyes or wipe his nose, this little boy couldn't join other village children playing just outside this photo. (below)  Severly underweight baby and his mom in local hospital. (Bottom)

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My name is Andrew Marinelli. I am 26 years old, and am from South Carolina. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2006 with a bachelors degree in Biology I joined the United States Peace Corps and became a Natural Resource Managment volunteer. I spent two long, amazing years in Niger, West Africa and lived alone in a small mud-brick house in a tiny rural village named Bilandao. In those two years I learned the local language of Hausa, and integrated into the community as Ismael Dogo, my given Nigerien name. I farmed with the men, teaching them improved agricultural practices, and worked with the women in gaining access to a year-round source of clean water. We created several tree nursuries, and a small plantation of nutrutious trees, fruits and vegetables. I also participated in many cooperative projects with other volunteers including a 165 kilometer HIV/AIDS Awareness bicycle tour with fourty volunteers and an educational-skit troupe of Nigerien actors. We stopped in villages to hold meetings and perform informative skits explaining the truth about contracting and preventing HIV/AIDS and it's effects, while dispelling missunderstandings and social stigmas. I finished my service and returned home Christmas of 2008. While finishing my time in Niger I came up with a wild idea to bicycle across America. I thoroughly enjoy pushing my physical and mental limits, and truly believe that the hardest things in life are always the most rewarding. But simply cycling 6,000 miles wasn't enough. My experience in the Peace Corps taught me that taking on an extreme challenge can be exponentially more rewarding if it is done while serving a most worthwhile cause. I saw many things while in Africa, but one thing stood out from all others. And that was how normal it was for people to be hungry, and how necessary it was for people to be accustomed to living in a perpetual state of hunger and malnourishment. So I chose this cause, and this fight. In order to have the greatest impact on this problem I contacted the international humanitarian aid agency with the greatest capability of fighting global hunger, the United Nations World Food Program, and I am raising money to help support them in the fight. 

The United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization.

With it's headquarters located in Rome, Italy the WFP provides aid in 80 countries around the world serving 86.1 million people, 53.6 million of whom are children.

WFP's strategic plan for 2008-2011 lays out five objectives for the organisation:

  1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies
  2. Prevent acute hunger and invest in disaster preparedness and mitigation measures
  3. Restore and rebuild lives and livelihoods in post-conflict, post-disaster or transition situations
  4. Reduce chronic hunger and undernutrition
  5. Strengthen the capacities of countries to reduce hunger, including through hand-over strategies and local purchase

In November / December 1961, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN General Assembly adopted parallel resolutions establishing WFP.

The three-year experimental programme was not due to enter into operation until January 1963. In reality it was up and running several months early, as an earthquake hit Iran, a hurricane swept through Thailand and newly independent Algeria was overwhelmed by five million returning refugees. Food assistance was needed urgently and WFP was tasked to supply it.

The vision of WFP is a world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. Without food, there can be no sustainable peace, no democracy and no development.


 (source:United Nations World Food Program www.wfp.org)

 


(Friends of WFP) is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to building support for the World Food Program  
      

Our mission is to:

  • Increase awareness about global hunger issues
  • Mobilize support for hunger relief programs and activities 
  • Generate resources for WFP operations and other activities that alleviate hunger

To achieve these goals, Friends of WFP engages in advocacy, outreach, and fundraising activities.  With generous support from schools, ethnic groups, religious organizations, businesses, and individuals, Friends of WFP has helped channel millions of dollars to support WFP operations. 

Friends of WFP was established in 1995 and is based in Washington, DC. 

Donations to Friends of WFP are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  As a United Nations agency, donations made directly to WFP are generally not tax-deductible for US tax payers; Friends of WFP cannot provide a tax receipt for gifts made directly to WFP headquarters in Rome or via wfp.org.  It is always advisable to check with your own financial or tax advisor.

We acknowledge all donations with a letter that can be used as a tax receipt.  If you make your donation online, you will receive the acknowledgment letter immediately; please print it for your records.  Donations sent by mail generally are acknowledged within 2-4 weeks.

 

 

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