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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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17 October 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches 1 Million Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – A groundbreaking programme to support refugees in Turkey is providing monthly cash assistance to vulnerable families at an unprecedented scale. Just a year after its launch, the European Union-funded programme is reaching 1 million refugees, most of them from war-torn Syria.

3 August 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches More Than 850,000 Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached more than 850,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.
Cash and Vouchers
17 May 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches Half A Million Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.

Cash and Vouchers
6 March 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches 250,000 Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme reached 250,000 this week. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine, fuel for heating and warm clothing for winter.

Cash and Vouchers
11 January 2017

EU Supports Refugees In Turkey Through Innovative Nationwide Cash Programme

ANKARA – Thousands of refugees in Turkey are receiving monthly cash assistance to help cover essential needs such as food, rent, medicine and warm clothing for winter through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), a major innovative relief programme funded by the European Union.

Statement
8 September 2016

European Union Funds Assistance Through WFP To Assist One Million Refugees In Turkey

Statement by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, in response to the European Union’s announcement of the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN).

4 March 2016

WFP Welcomes €40 Million Contribution From European Union For Syrian Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €40 million (US$43.8 million) from the European Union to continue and scale up vital assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey.

29 February 2016

WFP Restores Full Rations To Syrian People Thanks To Unprecedented Donor Support

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that new funding, pledged during the “Supporting Syria and the Region Conference” in London earlier this month, will allow WFP to fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrians.

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