Germany offers Euros 56 million to WFP in Jordan

Amman, Germany has offered a grant of Euros 56 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to continue providing support to some 880,000 people during the winter, according to a statement issued by the German embassy in Amman.

This contribution comes as part of Germany’s commitment to the Syrian refugees. Germany is Jordan’s second largest donor, providing annual support of over half a billion euros and the largest single donor to WFP in Jordan, the statement read.

“The German government has been providing support to the Jordanian government since 2012 to grapple with the major challenges posed by the influx of Syrian refugees,” said German Ambassador in Amman, Birgitta Maria Siefker-Eberle, adding that “we highly appreciate the WFP’s dedicated work.”

By such contributions, the WFP will be able to continue providing monthly cash transfers to some 500,000 refugees, including all residents of Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps, as well as supporting the WFP school feeding activities in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, and supporting the WFP resilience- and livelihood-building projects.

“This grant will allow the WFP to continue to support Syrian refugees as well as vulnerable groups in host communities,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Jordan Sarah Gordon-Gibson.

The program provides snacks for some 330,000 children in more than 1,500 schools across the Kingdom, and offers daily meals for children enrolled in formal education in refugee camps, as well as for 58,000 Jordanian and non-Jordanian children in some of the poorest areas in the Kingdom, the statement added.

School meals are prepared in a network of 17 WFP kitchens, providing training and employment opportunities for some 700 refugees and Jordanians, most of who are women.

The program also works in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture on forest rehabilitation and development through activities such as tree planting, pruning, weeding and irrigation.

Source: Jordan News Agency