Delegation of the European Union to Chile

New EU-funded humanitarian projects launched to assist vulnerable communities

Harare, 28/06/2021 - 10:05, UNIQUE ID: 210628_28
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EUR 6 million (USD 7.15 million) is allocated to humanitarian organisations in response to the multifaceted humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe.

Climatic shocks and a deteriorating economic environment have left almost 7 million people in Zimbabwe in need of humanitarian assistance. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to reduced income and food sources, and exacerbated the inability to access basic commodities among the rural population.

The new humanitarian projects, identified by the EU’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), will address needs in various sectors. An NGO consortium led by GOAL-Ireland will provide nutrition and address the protection needs of urban vulnerable households in Harare and Bulawayo.

Addressing the need to prepare for disasters in Manicaland and Matabeleland North, a consortium led by World Vision works with local communities and the Meteorological Services Department and Agricultural Extension Department (AGRITEX) to address climate- induced damage to rural communities. 

Another project will focus on “Education in Emergency”, where the Terre des Hommes (TDH) NGO will be responding to protection needs in the context of Covid 19 and education and protection needs targeting the Tongogara refugee camps and the host district of Chipinge and Chimanimani.  

Zimbabwe is one of the countries in the Southern Africa Region that benefits from a decision by the EU to boost its regional response to address humanitarian needs and other socio-economic shocks with an additional EUR 24.5 million (approx. USD 29.2 million) to complement ongoing humanitarian efforts.

"When we look at vulnerabilities of people affected by crises, we need to look as well at their capacities and coping strategies, and explore ways to strengthen their preparedness for new shocks /stresses,” Timo Olkkonen, EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, said. “The projects financed by the EU’s humanitarian funding will also strengthen their resilience capacities and ability to better adjust, react and bounce back when shocks occur. Similarly, improved access to nutrition and protection needs will promote better health and preserve human dignity, hence preventing anyone from falling into wider destitution and poverty".

 

Contact: Mathias Eick, ECHO Regional Information Officer, Mathias.Eick@echofield.eu

Further Information: https://ec.europa.eu/echo/where/africa/zimbabwe_en

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