EU Launches Humanitarian Projects Worth Over $300m in Afghanistan

The European Union has launched projects worth €268.3 million ($304 million) focusing on maintaining education, sustaining livelihoods, and protecting public health to avert a major humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

In the major humanitarian crisis Afghanistan is facing, the EU has launched humanitarian projects, stepping up vital support to the Afghan population, including the internally displaced people and migrants, the EU said in a statement.

The projects would be channeled through United Nations agencies working in Afghanistan such as UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNHCR, WHO, IOM and benefit the Afghan population directly, the statement said.

“Leaving no one behind is a key principle of the EU’s engagement in the world. We will not abandon the Afghan people,” Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said, adding that the EU is pleased to address basic human needs and supporting livelihoods under the clear parameters set out by the Foreign Affairs Council.

Urpilainen furthered that the projects will focus on health, nutrition, clean water, sanitation, and education, in particular for women and girls.

Urpilainen further went on saying that emergency cash support to teachers to sustain children’s learning in public schools is also part of the projects.

“UNICEF will provide the around 194,000 public teachers nationwide with emergency cash support of around €90 per month for two months during the harsh winter time,” the statement added.

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