ECHO Grants €1M to Address Humanitarian Needs Of Palestinian Children

ERUSALEM, 31 July, 2013 (WAFA) – The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) allocated EUR 1 million to UNICEF to help address ongoing humanitarian needs in child protection, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene to Palestinian children and vulnerable communities, said a press release by UNICEF on Wednesday.

This recent contribution brings the total of ECHO’s support to the work of UNICEF and its partners to more than USD 20 million since the year 2005.

“This valuable support will advance the emergency preparedness and response plan for safe water, sanitation and hygiene, as well as enable psychosocial professionals to provide rapid and quality support to more than 40,000 children and their caregivers and increase their ability to cope during times of crisis,” said June Kunugi, UNICEF Special Representative. “While addressing immediate humanitarian needs, the support will also enhance the resilience of Palestinian children and their caregivers in the face of adversity.”

The funding will also be used to support cluster coordination in water, sanitation and hygiene, and a cluster database management system.

source : WAFA NEWS