The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday received $1 million from Japan government as contribution to provide food and nutrition assistance to Burundian refugees in Mahama camp, located in Eastern Rwanda.
WFP and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Rwanda were joined by Japanese Ambassador Takayuki Miyashita to celebrate a food donation that will support thousands of refugees living in the camp.
“This contribution from the Government and People of Japan will enable WFP to provide food and nutrition assistance to over 57,000 Burundian refugees living in Mahama camp. WFP plans to distribute over 800 metric tons of food commodities including highly nutritious foods,” said Edith Heines, WFP Rwanda Representative and Country Director.
The Government of Japan is a key partner and supporter of the refugee programme in Rwanda. In the last ten years, the Government of Japan has contributed over US$ 10 million to refugee food assistance in Rwanda. WFP is an active partner of the Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa (IFNA), initiated by Japan and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
“I have already visited Mahama camp seven times and confirmed how our supports work for beneficiaries every time. I am delighted to be able to work with WFP again for improving living condition of the refugees especially in a very difficult situation. We thank WFP Rwanda and its partners for carrying out this important project,” said Amb. Takayuki Miyashita.
In Mahama camp, WFP currently uses a hybrid approach of both cash and in-kind food assistance.
In addition to the monthly lifesaving food assistance to refugees, WFP also provides specialized nutritious foods for the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition for children under five years of age; prevention of malnutrition for children aged six months to two years of age and pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers; and people living with HIV/AIDS & tuberculosis patients.