New partnership with France to help Sahrawi refugee children in Algeria – Algeria

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ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has received for the first time a contribution of € 400,000 (US $ 452,000) from the government of France (EU) to support Sahrawi refugee boys and girls in camps in Algeria.
The French contribution will support the WFP school feeding program which encourages around 40,000 children from camps schools and kindergartens to enroll and stay in school. It will allow each child to receive a mid-morning snack (nutritious cookies and milk), once the schools have reopened.

“It will be essential for the future of these children to return to school after the Covid-19 crisis is over,” said WFP representative and country director in Algeria, Imed Khanfir. “WFP is very grateful to the people and to the French government for their support to our school feeding program which encourages thousands of refugee Sahrawi girls and boys to attend school and kindergartens.”

Sahrawi refugees have lived for 45 years in difficult conditions in the Sahara Desert, in south-west Algeria. Hosted in five refugee camps near the Algerian town of Tindouf, refugee families depend mainly on WFP assistance for their food needs. Employment and livelihood opportunities are limited.

WFP’s operations in Algeria are carried out and monitored in collaboration with national and international organizations to ensure that food aid reaches the people for whom it is intended.

Contact

For more information, please contact (email address: pre[email protected]):

Katharina Meyerseipp, Mob PAM / Alger. +213 661984724

Abeer Etefa, PAM / Cairo Tel. +2010 66634352

Reem Nada, PAM / Cairo Tel. +201066634522

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