The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Office (ECHO) has extended financial support amounting to 1.5 million Euros to contribute to the eligible costs of the humanitarian aid Action entitled Food Assistance to Bhutanese Refugees, Nepal implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP).
The EC funding covers a period of six months starting July 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2010. The principal objective of the humanitarian intervention is to save lives by providing secure access to food and safeguard the nutritional status of the refugee beneficiaries currently living in seven camps in eastern Nepal.
The support aims at safeguarding lives and maintaining nutritional status of dependent refugee populations and meet their basic food consumption need.
The EC assistance to Bhutanese refugees started in the year 2006 and the total disbursements by the Humanitarian office alone has reached 9 million Euros till date. The Delegation of the European Union to Nepal also supports them through the UNHCR.