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644966
01/27/2015 - 13:05

The ration cut of 50 percent, which began today, came as WFP struggles to raise an additional US$30 million for its operations in Uganda for the next six months.

Those affected are people who arrived in Uganda before July 2013 – nearly half of all refugees receiving WFP food assistance in Uganda. It does not include 138,000 refugees who fled South Sudan since fighting broke out there in December 2013. Also exempt are extremely vulnerable individuals identified by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Without the reduction, WFP would run out of food stocks for all refugees in Uganda from April. The last time the amount of food given to refugees in Uganda was cut was January to March last year.

“Reducing rations is a last resort to ensure we can continue providing life-saving support for the most vulnerable refugees,” said WFP Country Director, Alice Martin-Daihirou. “We urgently need more funding to restore full assistance to people in Uganda who have no means to feed themselves.”

If WFP fails to receive substantial contributions in the coming months, the cuts could last for the next six months or longer and possibly even affect the new South Sudanese refugees.

Refugees have been notified through information sessions supported by UNHCR, WFP and the government.

Today’s announcement came at a particularly vulnerable time for refugees in Uganda. Under a government scheme, refugees are allocated plots of land to build a shelter and grow food. However, an assessment in late 2014 by the Government, WFP, UNHCR and UNICEF found that more than half of all refugee families due to be affected by the ration cuts had a poor harvest. With the cuts factored in, there is a high risk that these refugees will experience stress in the first quarter of 2015 as their food stocks run low.

WFP requires US$7.6 million each month to support an estimated 383,000 refugees this year. The influx of South Sudanese refugees in the last 13 months has tripled the monthly funding requirement.

In 2014, WFP received support from (in alphabetical order) the European Commission, France, Japan, the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the United Kingdom, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund and the United States.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Lydia Wamala, WFP/Kampala, Tel. (office) +256 312 242 000  or  (cell) +256 758 778 037
Amanda Lawrence-Brown, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. (office) +254 207 622 336 or (cell) +254 707 722 105

 

KAMPALA – Almost 150,000 refugees living in Uganda are receiving from today reduced rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a result of insufficient funding.

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01/27/2015 - 10:17

WFP assists 50,000 displaced families in Basrah, Thi Qar, Qadissiya, Missan, Wassit, Muthanna, Najaf, Kerbala, and Babel.

“Despite the dangers and challenges posed in accessing this area, WFP has been present in southern and central Iraq since the start of the country’s crisis in 2014,” said Jane Pearce, Representative and Country Director of the WFP Office in Iraq. “We thank the local governments of Najaf, Kerbala and Babel for their continued cooperation with WFP to alleviate the suffering of displaced Iraqis and helping us provide them with food.”

Many displaced people now live in unoccupied public buildings, mosques known as Husseineyat that local authorities have provided as shelter, or with host communities. The majority of the families who moved to the area said they spent the little savings that they had on transportation to get there.

Many were unable to find refuge in the crowded northern Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which hosts close to 50 percent of internally displaced Iraqi families, while others said it was too expensive to live in the North.

During the assessment, the WFP team met many displaced families who struggle to feed their families or know where their next meal will come from. Najat Hussein, 36, a mother of six who lost her husband seven months ago in the conflict in Tel Afar, moved to Kerbala with her children after hearing that the governorate was helping displaced people.
 
“I moved to Kerbala because it is expensive elsewhere and I need shelter for my children. Time has stopped for us. There is no work, no schools and no future,” she told WFP. “We receive WFP food rations every month. Without this help I would be begging for food.”

During the assessment, WFP staff met officials from the three southern governorates, including the First Deputy to the Governor of Najaf, the head of the provincial council of Kerbala and the Deputy Governor of Babel, to discuss food assistance to displaced people.

WFP delivers large amounts of food each year in the form of monthly food parcels that contain items such as wheat flour, cooking oil, rice and pasta, offering families nourishing meals. Others still on the move receive immediate response rations that include canned food.  

“In August of 2014, WFP established a sub-office in Basrah dedicated to supporting internally displaced Iraqis in the southern governorates. The office is exploring different ways to expand assistance to displaced families,” said Asif Niazi, coordinator of WFP southern operations.

WFP provides food assistance to all of Iraq’s 18 governorates, reaching a total of 1.4 million displaced Iraqis in 2014. In northern parts of Iraq, WFP began in November to provide hungry people with food vouchers enabling them to buy and choose food for themselves. Food vouchers, because they are spent in local shops, support the local economy, and strengthen local markets.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Marwa Awad, WFP/Erbil, Mobile +964 780 915 0764
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 6663 4352
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Mobile: +393467600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570

 

 

BAGHDAD – The humanitarian situation of Iraqis recently displaced to the southern governorates of Najaf, Kerbala and Babel is reaching critical levels, according to an assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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01/23/2015 - 10:07

Some 77 metric tons of biscuits, enough to feed 77,000 people, were airlifted into Malawi from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai earlier this week. This ready-to-eat food is prioritized for the most vulnerable people, particularly children, who are displaced from their homes and have no access to food or cooking facilities.

Reaching the worst-hit areas to assess needs has been extremely difficult as many roads and bridges were damaged or washed away. According to latest figures from Malawi’s food security cluster, some 370,000 people require urgent food and other relief assistance.

Within days of the President of Malawi declaring a disaster in 15 of the country’s 28 districts, WFP began distributing maize, beans, vegetable oil and Super Cereal (a flour fortified with vitamins and minerals) to people displaced from their homes.

Distributions are continuing in some of the hardest-hit districts of Chikwawa, Mulanje, Zomba and in Phalombe, which includes the Traditional Authority of Chiwalo. This food was already in the country and was quickly re-allocated from the lean season response funded by the United States, Britain and Germany to help food-insecure people at this time of year.

Working with the Government of Malawi, UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations, WFP aims to provide food assistance to up to 150,000 displaced people by the end of this week. A helicopter is due to arrive today to support WFP’s relief operation.

WFP has welcomed an announcement by the Government of Malawi that it is contributing 14,000 metric tons of maize from its Strategic Grain Reserve. Funding is now required to transport and distribute this food. Overall, WFP urgently needs US$18 million to continue its assistance to Malawi’s flood victims.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media  

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Sarah Rawson, WFP/Lilongwe, Tel. +265 1 774 666, Mob. +265 999972402
David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, Tel. + 27 11 5171577, Mob. + 27 829081417
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Zoie Jones, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3940, Mob. +39 342 902 5566
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distribution of high-energy biscuits to people stranded by floodwaters in Nsanje district, one of the worst-affected by floods in southern Malawi.

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01/22/2015 - 10:41

A former WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Princess Haya is now a United Nations Messenger of Peace as well as the Chairperson of the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai. The IHC is the world’s largest logistics centre for aid distribution and is used by WFP and eight other United Nations agencies and dozens of NGOs. During her time as a WFP ambassador, Princess Haya visited WFP operations in many countries, including Malawi, Syria and Cambodia.

To address hunger in her native country of Jordan, Her Royal Highness created the first food assistance NGO in the Middle East—Tikiyet Um Ali (TUA). She expanded it so every Jordanian family that cannot afford to pay for food now receives a generous monthly ration. Even in the last few years, at a time when Jordan faces increased challenges providing refuge for people from Syria and Iraq, the number of recipients reached has tripled. TUA also played a prominent role in feeding Gazan families during the conflict in 2014.
 
In her role as United Nations Messenger of Peace, Princess Haya has worked hard to raise attention for the Millennium Development Goals, especially with regard to hunger. She supported UN operations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza and sub-Saharan Africa through numerous field visits, fundraising and publicity.

“Princess Haya’s steadfast support for our expanded capacity and operations out of Dubai as well as her advocacy for the people we serve throughout the world are greatly appreciated,” says WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “She is a true champion of WFP’s mission, and I look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”

The award ceremony will take place during a dinner event and panel discussion on Empowered Women and Innovation at the WFP tent. Read more about WFP’s involvement at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at www.wfp.org/davos.

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About the World Food Programme
WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

About Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein
HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is a devoted wife, mother and global humanitarian as well as a former Olympic athlete. She is the daughter of HM Late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan and the wife of HH Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VP and PM of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Tyler Guthrie, WFP/Davos, Mob. +39 348 024 4246
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +2010 666 34352
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

 

DAVOS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is honouring Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein with the 2015 Hunger Hero Award at the World Leaders Dinner later today at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

644889
01/21/2015 - 14:18

This new contribution of ¥390 million (US$3.2 million) will be used to provide some 862,000 school children across Sudan with nutritious meals for two months through WFP’s school feeding programme.   

WFP runs school feeding programmes in food-insecure areas across Sudan. In 2015, more than 600,000 school children in the conflict-affected region of Darfur and another 261,000 in other parts of Sudan will benefit from the programme.  

“I am pleased to announce this latest contribution from the people of Japan to the school feeding programme managed by WFP. It is my sincere hope to meet the dire needs of the Sudanese people as much as we can. I am particularly happy to direct our contribution this time to the children in hunger for food and education. No one denies the importance of children in making a better future. I hope that through the school feeding programme, more Sudanese children will go to schools and that their health will be improved,” said Japan’s Ambassador to Sudan, Hideki Ito.

In 2014, the Government of Japan contributed US$2 million for cash and commodity voucher programmes across the country.  Additionally, Japan also contributed US$4 million to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) which is managed by WFP and provides safe and efficient air transport to the humanitarian community in Sudan.  

“We are very grateful to the Government and people of Japan for this timely support for our school feeding programme which offers an incentive to families to send their children to school and for children to focus on learning and stay in school, and not drop out,” said WFP Country Director Adnan Khan.  

Japan is among WFP’s most generous donors who continue to support operations over a long period, covering a range of programmes including school feeding and food for assets which provide people with food assistance in return for their work on community projects.   

On 10 December 2014, WFP signed its first agreement with Rocinantes, a Japanese non-governmental organization, to carry out supplementary feeding in North Kordofan.  The programme offers services including treatment of acute malnutrition among children aged under five and pregnant and nursing mothers, training of health workers and nutrition education for mothers. 

This year is pivotal for WFP in Sudan. For the first half of 2015, WFP plans to assist 3.7 million people across Sudan – 2.7 million of them in the conflict-affected region of Darfur – through general food distributions, food for training, food for work, school feeding and nutrition programmes to prevent and treat moderate acute malnutrition among women and children. For the second half of the year, WFP will start focusing on activities to help affected communities rebuild and recover from the impact of conflict. 

With a presence in Sudan since 1963, WFP has continued its complex and challenging activities over the past 12 years of conflict, providing food assistance to people suffering displacement and chronic under-nourishment in Darfur, in addition to supporting the most vulnerable living in the east and border areas to the south.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Amor Almagro, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2114), Mob. +249 912174853
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055

 

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous contribution from the Government of Japan to support its emergency operations in Sudan.

644842
01/20/2015 - 10:30
Statement, ED - E.Cousin

“Research shows that for every dollar invested in nutrition, as much as $166 in overall benefits can be realized. It’s hard to beat that kind of return on investment, particularly when it comes to saving lives and building a more sustainable future for our world.

“We are eager to highlight the specific and powerful role women play in ending hunger in their communities around the world. And I am excited to share how WFP is changing the way we purchase food for our programmes to prioritize family farmers and to help them enter new markets for the very first time.”

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will be attending the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting from January 21 to 24. Media interested in interviewing her should contact:
Tyler Guthrie: Mob. +39 348 024 4246 email: tyler.guthrie@wfp.org

WFP Factsheet is below:

INVESTMENTS IN ZERO HUNGER ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO BUSINESS SUCCESS
Investing in zero hunger creates a safer, more prosperous world in which all 7 billion people can fully participate in the global economy and pursue their dreams.
Develop new markets. Hunger undermines the economic potential of a country. Companies strengthen the economies where they do business by investing in food security and nutrition.

By ending child undernutrition, developing countries can increase GDP by 16.5%[1]

Grow household incomes. Hunger and poverty are intertwined. WFP programmes helps free people to pursue education and employment and build their future.
People in developing countries can make 46% more in lifetime earnings if they have proper nutrition in the first two years of life[2]

Ensure healthier communities. There is significant market workforce potential in developing countries—potential that can be better harnessed by addressing hunger.
Populations can boost productivity by 20% if they eliminate iron deficiency[3]

Build a stronger, safer world. Food security allows families, countries and businesses to build infrastructure and invest in next generation.
Every dollar invested in nutrition can return up to $166 in overall benefits[4]

EMPOWERED WOMEN PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN ENDING HUNGER
Women are disproportionally responsible for food production but have uneven access to resources in most countries. When in control of household income women are far more likely to break the cycle of poverty and ensure nutritious food reaches the mouths of the children who need it most.
Empowered Women and Innovation
WFP focuses on the needs and opportunities of women through innovative projects and approaches, such as:
• Training to build women’s assets and skills
• School meals and take-home rations to encourage education
• Labour-saving technologies to save valuable resources
• Financial inclusion programmes, providing micro-credit, savings, and insurance
• Grants to women-led climate projects
• Specialized micronutrient foods for pregnant and nursing mothers

 

Statement by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

Many companies already recognize and understand the critical link between ending hunger and promoting economic and commercial success, but much more needs to be done. As global business leaders gather in Davos, we will actively push for even greater corporate investment in lifesaving programmes and innovative solutions to meeting the goal of eradicating hunger and poverty around the world.

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01/16/2015 - 11:57
Responding to Emergencies

A government-led agriculture and food security humanitarian cluster has been activated to help coordinate the response. Initial estimates suggest that as many as 20,000 households (or 110,000 people) have been displaced. Many more are likely to require assistance. With more rain forecast, there is concern that these numbers may rise.

WFP is planning an airlift of more than 100 metric tons of High-Energy Biscuits from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai, enough to meet the immediate food needs of some 77,000 people. Ready-to-eat food will be prioritised for the most vulnerable people, particularly children, who have been displaced from their homes and have no access to food or cooking facilities.

Access to the hardest-hit areas to assess the situation has been extremely difficult as the floods have washed away many roads and bridges. Worst affected has been the south of the country, particularly the districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the highest rates of stunting among children worldwide. More than 40 per cent of children are stunted (have low growth for their age) as a result of undernutrition.  Last year, WFP reached some 4 million people with food assistance in Malawi.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Sarah Rawson, WFP/Lilongwe, Tel. +265 1 774 666, Mob. +265 999972402
David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, Tel. + 27 11 5171577, Mob. + 27 829081417

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gearing up its response to the disaster declared by the President of Malawi in flood-affected districts of the country. Working with the Government and with other humanitarian partners, WFP is moving to flooded areas stocks of food from its regular programmes that will be replenished once the crisis is over.

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01/15/2015 - 11:40
WFP Ambassadors

At the end of the video, Sabry challenges fellow actor and colleague Ahmed El Sakka to do the same and auction one of his favourite items with the aim of keeping the challenge going. “We are living in an extremely difficult time in our world and especially our region -- where millions of people go to bed hungry and we truly can try to make a difference,” said Hend Sabry. “The idea of the challenge is quite simply to spread awareness on the issue of hunger. I want to tell my fans that each and every single one of us can make a difference, but it starts by giving something that is close to your heart for the better good. I chose one of the dresses that is closest to my heart.”

The Tunisian actress has been a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger since 2006 and has gone on several missions to shed light on the plight of the most vulnerable people in the region and to bring support to WFP’s work feeding millions of people worldwide. Her trips included visiting Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp in Jordan, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and WFP school feeding projects for the most vulnerable children in Egypt and Tunisia.

The proceeds of the campaign will help displaced families affected by the on-going conflict in Syria, and people throughout the Arab world who struggle on a daily basis to buy or produce enough food to live a healthy life

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):

Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 252 81730, Mob. +010 666 34352

Amina Al Korey, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 252 81730, Mob. +010 2853 1535

 

 

 

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Hend Sabry, today launched a campaign to raise money that will benefit the UN food agency in its efforts to feed the most vulnerable people in the Arab world. Sabry is auctioning a traditional Bedouin dress that she wore while filming her latest film “El Gezira 1.” A video featuring the challenge (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ePGrt60fLM) has been posted on social media. The dress will go to the person who makes the highest donation through the WFP website wfp.org/donate.

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644692
01/09/2015 - 12:48
Responding to Emergencies

In the hours after the quake struck on 12 January 2010, WFP began distributing emergency food to those survivors left in the rubble. Within four months, WFP had provided food for more than 4 million vulnerable Haitians, which helped avert a food crisis.

WFP’s acting Representative in Haiti, Wendy Bigham, believes it is vital to maintain momentum in making Haiti more resilient to future disasters. “Persistent chronic poverty and inequality, environmental degradation and continuing political uncertainty threaten achievements Haitians have made over the past five years,” she said. 

Because of its geography, Haiti is highly prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, landslides and droughts. Poverty means that even moderate shocks can push people into hunger. Today, 3 million Haitians remain unsure where their next meal will come from. 

Since 2010, WFP has helped create job opportunities for over 200,000 Haitians in cash- or food-for-work projects aimed at stabilising food security. In Marigot, a community nestled between the Caribbean Sea and the mountains that was hit hard by the earthquake, local farmers have been employed to build hillside stone terraces. These terraces stop rain from washing away rich topsoil, help prevent landslides and provide flat space for farmers’ planting. Otianes Jouissance is a 60 year old farmer who helped build the terraces. “The project gave me a job and helped me put food on the table,” he said. 

In Haitian Creole, ‘Kore Lavi’ means ‘Supporting Life’ and that’s what WFP is doing under a project that helps improve the nutrition of Haiti’s poorest women and young children. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and in partnership with CARE and Action Contre la Faim, WFP provides a flour mixed with vitamins and minerals as well as bulgur wheat, cooking oil and beans. The strategy behind the project is that by strengthening nutrition now, vulnerable Haitians will be stronger and healthier the next time a disaster strikes.

During 2015, WFP is implementing projects to reach up to 1.2 million highly vulnerable Haitians including supporting the government to provide hot meals to almost half a million schoolchildren. Some of the produce for the project is bought locally as a way of supporting the country’s farmers. Together with the Ministry of Agriculture smallholder farmers’ associations are trained and mentored to meet WFP’s local procurement standards.

On the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, WFP thanks the international community for its support so far in Haiti. However, the work is not yet finished. WFP requires US$28 million in 2015 to provide essential food assistance to Haitians whose food and nutritional security remains precarious.

In 2014, WFP’s main donors for Haiti were, in alphabetical order, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United States.

 

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993 
Alejandro Lopez-Chicheri, WFP/Latin America, Tel. +507 317 3936, Mob. +507 6671 5355 
Lucia Fernandez, WFP/Madrid, Tel. +34 672 068 169

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Five years after a catastrophic earthquake killed 200,000 people, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Haiti are working to build a more resilient community to better withstand future disasters. 

 

 

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01/07/2015 - 15:16

The one-time cash assistance from UNICEF will target children from nearly 13,000 vulnerable families in the two camps through the existing WFP electronic food voucher programme (e-cards).

The UNICEF assistance can be used to buy winter clothes, such as boots, gloves, trousers, coats and scarves at WFP-contracted supermarkets in the camps until 31 January 2015.

Refugee families in camps are being informed through SMS, posters, flyers and awareness sessions with camp community leaders that the JOD 14 amount is for the winter clothing needs of their children.

“It is imperative to ensure that children are protected from the harsh weather conditions, so that they remain healthy and active, and continue to attend schooling,” said Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Representative. “UNICEF, in partnership with WFP, is supporting the winterization programme through cash assistance, so that families are able to choose and buy necessary winter clothes for their children,” he added.

 “When we launched the WFP e-card programme, the vision was for other relief agencies to use this platform to provide their assistance to Syrian refugees,” said Dorte Jessen, WFP Deputy Emergency Coordinator in Jordan. “We are thrilled that UNICEF will be the first agency to reach Syrian refugees with their winterization programme through WFP e-cards in existing partner shops in the camps, meeting the urgent needs of providing winter clothing at the coldest time of the year.”

The UNICEF winterization programme in Jordan is reaching over 102,000 vulnerable children this winter in partnership with UNHCR, WFP and NGO partners. The cash assistance programme and in kind winterization support has been made possible through the generous support from the governments of Canada, Germany and the USA through the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. 

 

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For more information, please contact

 

UNICEF

Miraj Pradhan: Tel: +962 (0) 790 214 191 mpradhan@unicef.org

Samir Badran: Tel: +962 (0) 796 926 180 sbadran@unicef.org

WFP

Shada Moghraby: Tel: +962 797 280 924  shada.moghraby@wfp.org

Joelle Eid: Tel: +962 797 279 403  joelle.eid@wfp.org

 

 

AMMAN, 7 January 2015 – As Jordan braces for a winter storm in the next few days, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a winter cash assistance programme to provide 41,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children under the age of 14 in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps with 14 Jordanian Dinars (JOD) each, to allow their families to get them winter clothes.