11 November 2015 — The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has granted €2 million to the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) for children on the move in the Republic of Serbia and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

This is the first contribution of ECHO to Unicef to respond to the refugees and migrants moving through Europe. 

These funds will help Unicef and its partners address the needs of child refugees and migrants passing through these two countries. The project will provide €2 million to assist 170,000 infants, children and mothers with 24/7 operational child friendly spaces in which families can rest, receive first aid and essentials for the winter such as blankets and children’s clothes, and help boost child protection systems. It will also provide age appropriate food for children between 0-24 months and consultations with mothers on breastfeeding and best nutrition practices. 

"Children are caught in the middle of this unprecedented and unpredictable crisis. They are on the move to a better life in Europe. Now with winter looming their needs are greater than ever. We cannot let them down,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.  “This generous ECHO grant will go a long way to helping us help ease their precarious journeys.”


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About European Commission's Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO)

The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation. ECHO is among Unicef’s largest humanitarian donors. In 2014 alone, ECHO provided over 85.3 million Euros for Unicef’s projects worldwide to support children.

About Unicef

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit Unicef.org.uk