Saudi Arabia has donated $1 million to the World Food Program’s operations in Guinea, which is struggling to cope with some 20,000 refugees from conflicts in neighboring Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire.
The organization provides rations for the refugees, school meals for 200,000 primary school students, programs to improve nutrition for mothers and children, as well as food-for-work projects.
In a statement today, the WFP thanked Saudi Arabia for its donation. “WFP is extremely grateful for this donation from Saudi Arabia, which has once again shown that it is as anxious as we are to make sure that food reaches the most needy,” said Philippe Guyon LeBouffy, the organization’s country director in Guinea.
Saudi Arabia has become an increasingly significant donor to the WFP, the statement noted. In 2006, the Kingdom donated nearly $31 million, while Saudi individuals and associations donated almost $10 million over the last two years. The Kingdom is the biggest contributor in the Middle East and the 16th largest overall.
WFP operations in Lebanon, Cambodia, Palestine, Pakistan, as well as East and West Africa have all benefited from Saudi support.