Lesotho mountain village
World Food Programme
World Vision regional operation

Here we reviewed the distribution of food and relief supplies to a mountain village through an implementation partnership between World Food Programme (this effort’s lead agency) and World Vision (on site implementing the charge). This was a very positive view of the involvement of the community’s chiefs counsel and the many participating families.

A tremendous amount of time, effort and talent went into involving the community in this process. The registration process and identification of beneficiaries thru the community leadership was exemplary.

The mountains, rivers and lush valleys were exquisitely beautiful. That backdrop and the fact that so many people need food just to survive was incomprehensible. Remarkably, the animals and many of the people looked healthy and fit.

Ultimately, development work is the key to preventing the need for relief (other than natural disasters).

This has been an amazing opportunity that I hadn’t imagined possible. I learned both of the touching and inspiring human experience, as well as many lessons about how the private and public sectors could be more effectively engaged in the relief process.

You can be sure that this first hand experience will shape my ideas about how Fritz Institute may best leverage its resources to provide meaningful help to humanitarian organizations that are on the ground doing this invaluable work and that I will share my observations with many business leaders and others who have not had this behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest challenges of the global community.

Lynn Fritz

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