LA PAZ, 21 October 2003 – After a week of social and political turmoil in Bolivia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with the archdiocese of El Alto, are assisting poor families who lack food security and were unable to get any revenues during the crisis.
WFP and UNICEF agreed to support children and mothers from 26 parishes of the urban area of El Alto for five days. The operations, which began on the 21st and will continue until October 26th, are intended to help 2,800 poor children and 400 mothers.
WFP will distribute almost five tons of food, including flour, rice, oil, salt and canned fish. UNICEF will provide 130 gas cylinders and fresh food—around three tons of potatoes and vegetables. The help has been implemented by CARITAS Bolivia through its community kitchens and popular canteens. With their assistance, the two United Nations agencies join the actions to help the population of El Alto that CARITAS had been already carrying out for the past few days.
For further information, please contact:
Clara M. Barona de Ayerbe,
Communications Officer, UNICEF-Bolivia
Calle 20 No. 7720 Calacoto-La Paz
Phones: 2770222 - 2770103
Programme Officer, WFP-Bolivia
Communications Officer , WFP-Bolivia
Calle Victor Sanjines Edificio Barcelona-piso 4 / Plaza de España Sopocachi-La Paz