ISLAMABAD: Today, a USD7.8 million joint emergency shelter programme for the flood-displaced population was launched in Nowshera District in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent (UAE RC) have co-funded the project at 50/50 to deliver emergency shelter and basic domestic items to 20,000 flood-affected families – around 140,000 people.
UNHCR and the UAE RC signed the agreement on 19 September to purchase tents, plastic sheets, blankets, sleeping mats, quilts, kitchen sets, jerry cans, plastic buckets, mosquito nets, soap and plastic rolls. Speaking at the launch of the project, Mr. Ahmed Humad Al-Mazrouie Chairman of the Borad of Direcors UAE RC said “I felt I was at home and my family was in need of help and I was helping them”.
“UNHCR tremendously values this partnership with the UAE Red Crescent Authority. This is a first step of the partnership which will open more opportunities for the two organizations for the benefit of the affected population in Khyber PakhtunKhwa,” said Khassim Diagne, Officer-in –Charge for UNHCR in Islamabad.
He further added that UNHCR appreciates the generous contribution of the government and people of UAE and the UAE Red Crescent Authority for extending their support to the flood impacted people. The recent flooding in Pakistan has destroyed or damaged around 1.9 million houses and affected over 20 million people, who require immediate support.
UAE Ambassador Ali Saif Sultan Al Awani, Mohammad Khalifa Al Qamzi, secretary general, Dr Hamdan Muslim Al-Mazroe, member board of directors and Ali Mohammad Al-Shamsi, UAE’s Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan were also present on the occasion.-sana