RIYADH: The UN World Food Program has thanked Saudi-based King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s $6 million contribution to provide assistance to a number of Syrian refugee families in Jordanian camps, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.
The aid will help meet the food needs of more than 50,000 refugees — nearly half the population in the Zaatari and Azraq camps — for three months.
Alberto Correa Mendez, resident representative and country director of the WFP in Jordan, said.”The World Food Program is grateful for this contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through its humanitarian arm, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, which comes at a time when more people are at risk of food insecurity as a result of the prolonged effects of global crises on fragile societies in Jordan.”
Fahad Al-Osaimi, the head of urgent aid at KSrelief, said the center was keen to cooperate with humanitarian organizations to support food security around the world.
He noted the importance of working with the WFP as a strategic partner to support Syrian refugees in Jordan, and contributing to bridging the gap between the availability of resources and humanitarian needs, the Jordan News Agency reported.
The beneficiaries in the camps receive assistance through electronic vouchers that use blockchain technology to purchase food from supermarkets and bakeries in the camps, using an innovative eye-scanning payment system.
The WFP said that KSrelief is a long-term partner in facing the challenges of food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition, and since its establishment in 2015, it has contributed more than $1.25 billion to support assistance programs in 26 countries.