The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)on October 27, 2014, handed over 15 trucks, 2 four-wheel drive vehicles and 23 protective jackets and helmets to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). The donation is part of the WFP ongoing support to enhance the capacity of volunteers to continue to carry out their work of delivering humanitarian assistance across Syria.
The President of SARC, Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar received the donation on behalf of his organization in Damascus. He expressed the organization’s appreciation of the continued support from the WFP. He pointed out that such contributions are of great importance in helping staff and volunteers to reach vulnerable people across the country.
The WFP Country Director in Syria, Matthew Hollingworth, on his part acknowledged the strong relationship that exists between his organization and SARC. Further, he paid tribute to the volunteers saying “the courage and dedication of the SARC volunteers who partner with WFP everyday cannot be undervalued. These donations will raise SARC’s capacity, and thereby enhance the entire humanitarian community capacity to safely reach people in need across Syria.”
This is the second time that WFP has provided SARC with logistics support, which now totals over US$4 million. In 2013, WFP provided its largest partner in Syria with 20 cargo trucks.