EU allocates additional €1.59 million for more community projects [Archives:2003/03/Local News]

January 20 2003

In the past year the Yemeni government started the implementation of its poverty alleviation strategy.
Nevertheless, the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni population are still extensive. Today, a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line and more than a third has no access to safe drinking water.
“Therefore, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office has recently allocated an additional amount of €1.59 million for four projects focusing on the most immediate needs of certain deprived communities in rural areas”, explained Mr. Rainer Schierhorst, head of the European Commission’s Office in Sana’a.
The funds will be used for the following four projects:
– Emergency Assistance For Water Supply In Taiz Governorate, Districts Of Al-Mokha And Wazaieh, implemented by the French NGO DIA
– Emergency assistance to basic health services in the Tihama Strip, implemented by the Italian NGO CINS
– Post-crisis reconstruction and rehabilitation operation in favor of the victims of the hurricane in al-Mahra governorate, implemented by UNICEF
– Rehabilitating and restoring maternal and child health care services in Dhale’ governorate, implemented by the Italian NGO Coopi
This new decision brings the total amount allocated to Yemen by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office since 1998 to some  8 million, whereas the total funds allocated by the European Commission to Yemen amount to some € 25 million per year.