EC offers financial aid for food


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.


  1. It is a great news to the refugees in the seven camps of Nepal. Thanks to European Commission for reaffirming their continous support to the Bhutanese refugees.

    At the event of this gererous announcement, it is timely to call upon the attention of the UNHCR and Democratic Republic of Nepal to look in to the issue of the unregistered refugees and provide them with registration, protection and basic facilities. These group of unregistered/deregistered Bhutanese are the subject of disparity in the Bhutanese refugee context.

    They have remained unregistered/deregistered due to some reasons or the other. They have been surviving through the sharing of food grains from the relatives who are registered in the camps. This tragic situation has continued since the beginning of refugees settlement in eastern Nepal but has remained neglected for all these years.
    I earnestly request UNHCR and Nepal Government to look in to the plight of these exiled Bhutanese with highest urgency.

    Durga Giri, Germany.