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Ireland’s commitment to Karamoja and Refugees

Ireland’s commitment to Karamoja and Refugees

Amb. William Carlos and WFP Country Director El Khidir Daloum signing the contracts

In the spirit of Ireland’s new strategy A Better World, Ambassador William Carlos today signed two new contracts worth €3.6million with UN World Food Programme Uganda in a simple ceremony graced by a WFP delegation led by the Country Director El Khidir Daloum.  €2 million has been committed to the Refugee Response Programme and €1.6 to the School Feeding Programme in Karamoja. This funding will assist nearly 150,000 school children in Karamoja and over 1 million refugees in 13 refugee settlements across the country.

 Speaking during the sign off ceremony Ambassador William Carlos commended the WPF for its past programme and partnership with the Embassy of Ireland and asked WPF to deliver this programme with impact especially for the marginalise Karamoja region. He added that Ireland has a strong tradition of generously responding to people in need and so Ireland is pleased to respond to both the refugee and Karamoja causes.

 Mr. El Khidir Daloum in response thanked the Embassy of Ireland for always supporting WFP work both globally and nationally in Uganda especially in Karamoja. ‘This contribution will not only support WFP to provide a safety net for school children in Karamoja, but it will provide opportunities for smallholder farmers by creating a stable and structured market for local produce. It will also link local agriculture and school feeding. This will result in a more sustainable programme with stronger rural communities, more stable economies, increased demand for local fresh food and healthier happy children.’ Mr. El Khidir Daloum said.

 Catherine Feeny(WFP-HQ), Gulshum Rehman(WFP-Uganda), El Khidir Daloum (CD WFP-Uganda), Amb. William Carlos, Aine Doody & Bob Odongo (Embassy of Ireland)

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