The Israeli Embassy in Ethiopia on Wednesday distributed food parcels to 250 families of students at the St. Yard School in Addis Ababa, the latest phase in its efforts to help the country in its battle with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Each packages included a month’s supply of oil, pasta, rice and soaps.
The distribution event was attended by the students’ families, the school administration and representatives from the Addis Ababa Municipality and the Ministry of Education who spoke and thanked the embassy for its support.
Other speakers expressed their appreciation for the ongoing contact with the embassy and the State of Israel.
President Reuven Rivlin visited the school in 2018 during his visit to the country, and in 2019 the embassy donated an Israeli-made home biogas kit.
“This distribution operation is part of the ongoing assistance provided by the embassy through MASHAV and the Foreign Ministry to Ethiopia, in support of the government’s efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus and provide a safety net for needy families,” the Israeli embassy stated.
In recent months, the embassy has distributed medical equipment and food to the Jewish community in the area and protective masks and medical equipment to the capital’s central hospital.
In the coming weeks, it plans to transfer medical assistance to the Ethiopian police and other hospitals in the various districts.
Israel in recent months has extended aid to 15 countries in three continents around the world in an effort to assist the global battle against the spread of COVID-19.
The aid includes gallons of alcohol gel, sanitizers, personal protective gear, handwashing stations, medical equipment, advanced technologies, and essential food supplies.
The countries included Guatemala, India, Rwanda, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Nepal.
Most of the aid was sent through MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.