This is an elite group of the world’s best climbers. Now they are going to be teaming up with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the largest agency fighting hunger.
WFP is leading the hunger relief mission in Nepal. There are 3.5 million people who need food aid in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Reaching those in need is difficult because of the mountainous terrain, landslides and the damage to roads caused by the quake. WFP put out a request for mountain climbers, porters and even pack animals to help them deliver food to remote, hard to reach villages.
According to the Seven Summits Women team, climbers Nimdoma Sherpa, Pema Diki Sherpa, Chunu Shrestha, and Asha Kumari Singh will be joining WFP. The Seven Summits team has been involved in earthquake relief from the very start of the emergency. Nimdoma Sherpa, who at age 17 scaled Mount Everest, just completed a two day journey with 2 hours sleep to reach a village with supplies.
With monsoon season approaching, it’s a race against time to get food supplies into these areas. WFP is providing rice, high energy biscuits and other foods. Small children are especially vulnerable to malnutrition following a disaster. WFP is committed to getting special nutritional foods, like the peanut paste Plumpy’Sup, to children in need.
Relying entirely on voluntary donations, WFP has also issued an urgent request for funds. The emergency relief of Nepal will cost at least US $116 million. Food to help reconstruction will require even more funding. So there is a tremendous need for donations.
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