BISHKEK – The Swiss government has donated CHF2.5 million to boost the support of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to vulnerable Kyrgyz families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
WFP will use the funds for cash transfers to 80,000 people who will work on creating community assets or skills training programs designed to increase employment opportunities and build their resilience to future shocks.
“The Swiss government and the people of Switzerland are proud to stand with Kyrgyzstan in supporting the people most vulnerable to being hit by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Swiss Ambassador to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Véronique Hulmann. “Our partnership with WFP will help the poorest families to sustain their livelihoods through these difficult times.”
WFP, in partnership with the Ministry of Manpower and Social Development, will prioritize families living in urban and semi-urban areas, where communities are particularly affected by socio-economic impacts.
“Thanks to the generous contributions of the Swiss Government, WFP can help families meet their basic dietary needs, while giving them freedom of choice as they tackle the pandemic, develop marketable skills and increase community assets. By injecting cash into the market, we help create demand, benefiting the entire community, including local food producers, ”said Andrea Bagnoli, WFP Chief Representative for the Kyrgyz Republic.
Already in April 2020, as an initial response to the pandemic, Switzerland donated CHF 200,000 through WFP to immediately support social inpatient institutions and boarding schools across the country. The assistance reached more than 3,000 people, including orphans, elderly people and people with disabilities for three months.
The Swiss government provides assistance for the development of the Kyrgyz Republic in order to improve the welfare of the population. Over the past 25 years Switzerland has provided more than CHF 450 million to Kyrgyzstan in the form of technical, financial and humanitarian support.
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