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Making a difference, together.

Saudi Arabia continues to expand and reinforce its partnership with UNHCR, with their contributions enabling UNHCR to protect, assist, and seek solutions for refugees and displaced people.  

Saudi Arabia continues to expand and reinforce its partnership with UNHCR, with their contributions enabling UNHCR to protect, assist, and seek solutions for refugees and displaced people. Funding supports vital UNHCR programmes, including health, education, shelter, water and sanitation, infrastructure, basic needs, cash assistance, and livelihoods. 

Saudi Arabia, including the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief), the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is among the top 15 donors to UNHCR globally. Saudi contributions have enabled a continued humanitarian response in the Middle East and other regions, particularly to those affected by the Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, and Rohingya crises. As a supporter of UNHCR, Saudi Arabia also encourages a focus on strengthening partnerships, particularly public-private collaboration, that will benefit refugees and other people of concern. UNHCR has had a presence in Saudi Arabia since 1987. 

Internally displaced women make face masks in Ibb governorate, Yemen. 

In the city of Ibb in south-western Yemen', a group of 20 women displaced by the country's ongoing conflict have produced 15,000 masks in the month of July to help protect the community against the spread of the coronavirus. This low-cost initiative has given vulnerable women a space to interact and a means to earn a dignified living. In 2020, KS Relief provided the third largest amount of funding to the Yemen operation and also contributed to crucial COVID-19 response there.

© UNHCR/Jamal Al-Barea

Afghanistan. Girls school gets new facilities with UNHCR support. 

Shahid Mohamad Akram Khakrizwal girls’ school was built 10 years ago in an area of the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan where returnees, internally displaced persons and local communities live together. Until early 2020, it lacked playground walls, had sub-standard toilets and faced problems with electricity and water. Support from Saudi Arabia enabled UNHCR to construct 335-metre long boundary wall, six toilets, a septic tank, 20 solar energy panels and 160-metre deep bore well giving clean water.

© UNHCR/Farzana Wahidy

Displaced children gather in one of the hosting sites in Sana'a, Yemen.

With a financial contribution of US$ 20 million in 2020, KSRelief supported shelter, provision of non-food items (NFIs), camp coordination and COVID-19 response.

© UNHCR/Ahmed Haleen

An Afghan returnee uses a handwashing station, installed to prevent COVID-19 transmission in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. 

UNHCR’s new project in the Sheikh Misri New Township will improve access to water for IDPs, returnees and members of the host community. It will also reduce community conflict over water – an ongoing protection concern. The solarized water network consists of a deep well, an elevated water reservoir and standpipes stretching for more than three kilometers, benefitting some 350 families in the community.

© UNHCR/Mohammad Anwar Danishyar

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