Saudi Arabia supports displaced Syrians in Syria and Jordan

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomes a contribution of US$6 million from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) to support displaced Syrians inside their country as well as Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Vice President and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development Youssif bin Ibrahim Al Bassam, and Representative and Director of Gulf Office Abdallah Al-Wardat signed the agreements at a ceremony in Riyadh today.

“We are grateful for this significant contribution from the Saudi Fund for Development, which will help us provide food assistance to thousands of Syrian people inside Syria as well as in Jordan,” said Al-Wardat. “WFP has had a solid partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the past four decades. Thanks to the Kingdom’s support for WFP projects around the world, millions of lives have been saved. This is the second time that the SFD and WFP have combined to support the emergency operation in Syria. In 2014, they signed an agreement that helped save hundreds of lives.”

WFP will use half the funds to provide life-saving food assistance to thousands of displaced families in Syria including nutritional support to nursing mothers, support for children through school feeding and organizing agriculture training. The other half of the contribution will go towards providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and maintaining school feeding projects for them.

Each month, WFP delivers food assistance to more than 4 million people across Syria and to more than half a million Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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