WFP welcomes Qatari donation for Gaza of USD

Published on 28 April 2009

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomed Tuesday a USD 10 million donation from the Qatar Charity for WFP's emergency operation in Gaza. This contribution is part of a USD 40 million donation from the government of Qatar to a number of UN agencies providing relief assistance to conflict-affected populations in Gaza. WFP's Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe Daly Belgasmi said that his organization is grateful to the Qatari government for this generous contribution. "This vital contribution will help provide assistance to the most vulnerable in Gaza and support WFP's innovative programs there," he said. The funds will be used to purchase urgently needed food assistance to 365, 000 civilians in Gaza inclluding 50,000 schoolchildren in some 85 schools with items such as wheat flour, cooking oil, sugaar and high energy biscuits. WFP is also planning to start a food voucher operation in Gaza.

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