By Our Reporter
KAMPALA. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has received funding worth EUR 2 million (about Shs8 billion) from the European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) to support refugees and host communities in western and north-western Uganda.
The overarching objective of the project is to neutralize the risk of WASH-related diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. These funds will be used to deliver life-saving interventions on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan, as well as the host communities in Kyangwali settlement in Hoima district, Kyaka II settlement in Kyegegwa district, and Palorinya settlement in Moyo district.
Speaking about the new EU funding, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said, “The escalation of the crisis in Congo since late last year has created a serious emergency in Uganda, with tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees at risk of deadly diseases. Therefore, the European Union has had to come in with these funds to support the life-saving interventions.”
The latest EU project activities will benefit 82,700 direct beneficiaries, under a one-year project titled Strengthening Wash Service Delivery for Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda. The beneficiaries will include 14,700 Ugandan members of the communities hosting the refugee population.