ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed its first contribution from the Chechen Ahmat Kadyrov Charity Foundation of the Russian Federation. This contribution of over US$204,000 (3.6 million Ethiopian Birr) will help WFP to provide food assistance to Somali refugees in Southern Ethiopia.
With this donation, WFP will be able to buy 100 metric tons of fortified blended food and 235 metric tons of cereals, which will help assist the 150,000 Somali refugees currently based in the Dolo Ado camps in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.
“WFP is grateful for this generous contribution from the Ahmat Kadyrov Charity Foundation from the Chechen Republic of Russia,” said WFP Ethiopia Deputy Country Director Felix B. Gomez. “This is a first and historic act by the foundation to support us in our effort to provide food to Somali refugees who have fled famine and conflict.”
“We are very happy to be able to make a contribution to support the Somali refugees in Ethiopia, and we intend to continue our humanitarian support to WFP as much as possible in the future,” said Ziyab Sabsabi, Member of the Russian Senate and Representative from the Ahmat Kadyrov Charity Foundation during a handover ceremony in Dolo Ado.
WFP currently provides food assistance to almost 200,000 Somali refugees in Ethiopia. In response to high malnutrition rates in the Dolo Ado camps for Somali refugees, WFP is providing specialised nutritional treatment (Plumpy’Sup) to malnourished children under 5 years old. In addition, to prevent further malnutrition, WFP is providing fortified foods to all children under the age of 5, pregnant women and nursing mothers, regardless of their nutritional status. Children under age 2 receive Super Cereal Plus, designed especially for very young children.
For more information please contact (email address: email@example.com):
Judith Schuler, WFP/Ethiopia, E-mail: judith.Schuler@wfp.org;Tel 251 115 515188, 251 911 (0) 201976
Melese Awoke, WFP/Ethiopia, E-mail: Melese.Awoke@wfp.org;Tel 251 115 515188, 251 911 (0) 201981