THIS MONTH'S CHARITY
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.
For its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.
In 2020, WFP assisted 115.5 million people – the largest number since 2012 – in 84 countries.
On any given day, WFP has 5,600 trucks, 30 ships and nearly 100 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.61. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.
WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.
In emergencies, WFP is often first on the scene, providing food assistance to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and natural disasters. When the emergency subsides, WFP helps communities rebuild shattered lives and livelihoods. We also work to strengthen the resilience of people and communities affected by protracted crises by applying a development lens in our humanitarian response.
WFP development projects focus on nutrition, especially for mothers and children, addressing malnutrition from the earliest stages through programmes targeting the first 1,000 days from conception to a child’s second birthday, and later through school meals.
WFP is the largest humanitarian organisation implementing school feeding programmes worldwide and has been doing so for over 50 years. In 2020, WFP provided school meals to 15 million children, often in the hardest-to-reach areas.
In 2020, WFP provided 4,2 million metric tons of food and US$2.1 billion of cash and vouchers. By buying food as close as possible to where it is needed, we can save time and money on transport costs, and help sustain local economies. Increasingly, WFP meets people’s food needs through cash-based transfers that allow the people we serve to choose and shop for their own food locally.
Funded entirely by voluntary donations, WFP raised a record-breaking US$8 billion in 2019. WFP has 20,000 staff worldwide of whom over 90 percent are based in the countries where the agency provides assistance.
WFP is governed by a 36-member Executive Board. It works closely with its two Rome-based sister organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. WFP partners with more than 900 national and international NGOs to provide food assistance and tackle the underlying causes of hunger.
NEWS & VIEWS
Milford Haven Quakers - What's happening.
MEETINGS FOR BUSINESS
12th July 2021
SOUTH WALES AREA MEETING
16th July 2021
At Area Meeting, among the business dealt with, we welcomed two Friends into Membership; we agreed to return to the use of printed membership lists; we decided that Area Meetings for 2022 will be held on the 12th day of the month; we heard of the work of Climate Cymru and plans for the Big Green Week; we heard about progress being made by the Symud Ymlaen process; and accepted the proposal to create a blog for reports from Yearly Meeting Gathering.
Contact our Clerk to receive a copy of the minutes.
ABOUT QUAKERISM: PEMBROKESHIRE.ONLINE
Kitty Parsons of St David's Meeting has written an article about Quakerism for Pembrokeshire.Online.
The silence of the meeting can be a deeply profound experience. I have heard one Friend describe it as a gathering up and a bringing together. It was what first attracted me to meeting, and has been a source of comfort and challenge at various times in the 20 or more years that I have been attending.
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
11 June 2021
Read the first newsletter produced by our E&S cluster:
Earth Overshoot Day
June 20th 2021
In support of Refugee Sunday we held all refugees in the light. We reflected on what we are able to do, and on the work of County of Sanctuary Pembrokeshire
and this years theme of We Cannot Walk Alone.
HOPE: WINTER PARTY SCRAPBOOK
2nd July 2021
2021 and lockdowns still isolated us, but, ever determined Milford Haven Meeting still held the annual Winter Party – but online. We put together a scrapbook of items that resulted, so that everyone could share, even those who could not join us online.
Quakers do not stand apart from the world but have a history of being involved, joining with other to bring about change.
True godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavours to mend it: not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.
William Penn, 1682
ADVICES & QUERIES
Each week an Advice & Query will be posted here
Since 1682 it has been our practice to ask "How the Truth has prospered amongst them (Quakers) since the last yearly meeting, and how Friends are in peace and unity?"
That question has evolved into our 42 Advices and Queries. Each month one is chosen to be read to the Meeting for those present to reflect on. Periodically they are revised in the light of contemporary experience. They are challenges to encourage examination of your spiritual life.
Each week one of the Advices and Queries will be posted here. Please take time to read and consider how it bears on your life.
Advices & Queries: No.41
Try to live simply. A simple lifestyle freely chosen is a source of strength. Do not be persuaded into buying what you do not need or cannot afford. Do you keep yourself informed about the effects your style of living is having on the global economy and environment?
A History of Quakers in Pembrokeshire
by Stephen Griffiths
£4.95 plus postage.
Stephen Griffiths was a member of our Meeting form 1949 until his death in 2010 at the age of 101. He taught for many years at Pembroke Grammar School. He was born and raised in Blaenau Ffestiniog and wrote several books and articles in his native Welsh.