Regional Communications Officer - West Africa
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a Saudi donation of 275 metric tons of dates valued at more than US$ 900,000 to provide meals to school children in Ethiopia.
ADDIS ABABA-- “The Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always believed in the importance of helping people in Ethiopia as it does over the world, and the contribution of 275 metric tonnes of Saudi dates is part of this commitment to WFP and to helping schoolchildren,” said Abdulbaqi Ahmed Ajlan, the Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Ethiopia.
In Ethiopia, WFP assists more than 600,000 schoolchildren. WFP provides them with a daily hot meal in areas where people struggle to feed their families and where access to education is limited.
The Food-for-Education programme has been implemented in Ethiopia since 1994 with the aim of encouraging primary school enrolment and attendance, especially of girls.
“WFP is delighted with this generous donation and we are grateful to the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for providing a food item that complements the diet of school children,” said Lynne Miller, WFP’s Acting Country Director in Ethiopia.
Last year, the Government of Saudi Arabia donated 1098 MT of dates (valued at US$ 3.6 million) to WFP, out of which around a third were used for the Food-for-Education programme.
On behalf of the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Abdulbaqi Ahmed Ajlan handed over the donation to WFP Ethiopia and representatives of the government of Ethiopia.