RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center on Sunday signed a deal with UNICEF to provide safe water supplies for drinking and human use in the Yemeni provinces of Marib, Al-Jawf, Hajjah and Saada.
The agreement amounts to $5 billion and will benefit 33,235 people, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
It was signed by the center’s assistant general supervisor for operations and programs, Ahmed bin Ali Al-Beez, and the UNICEF representative for the Gulf, Eltayeb Adam, at the center’s headquarters in Riyadh.
It aims to provide safe drinking water for Yemen’s neediest areas, contribute to reducing the incidence of diseases resulting from drinking contaminated water, and boost hygiene and sanitation. It also aims to raise health awareness and build capacity.
The agreement will benefit 33,235 people in Marib, Al-Jawf, Hajjah and Saada governorates.
In line with the deal, seven water resources will be rehabilitated along with their accessories, from pumps, extensions, and water and solar tanks.
There will be 73 toilets built for displaced persons camps in Marib, and 12 health education courses will be carried out in all target areas to raise environmental and health awareness.
The agreement is part of the humanitarian and relief project system offered by the Kingdom, represented by the center, to promote the water sector and create a healthy environment in Yemen.
KSrelief has implemented 684 projects in Yemen at a total cost of more than $4 billion, with Yemen among its top beneficiary countries.
The center’s programs include food security, water sanitation and hygiene, health, education, humanitarian and emergency relief coordination, logistics, nutrition, and emergency telecommunication.