Today we mark 60 years since the Treaty of Rome laid the basis for the EU we know today. Six decades after its founding, the EU is proud to lead the global response providing emergency aid to people in need around the world.

Read up on our work to help those most in need here: ec.europa.eu/echo

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This week we put the spotlight on the importance of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, also known as "WASH".

Are you up to speed on what the global WASH needs are and how the European Commission helps meet them?

Here are 5 facts you should know: [ Bit.ly Link ]

World Water Day — 5 Facts

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North-eastern India has seen many conflicts over the past decades, affecting the lives of people in the region on many levels, and disrupting the education of thousands of children.

An EU-funded project run by Terre des hommes in one of the most vulnerable districts in the state of Assam helps ensure that children in the area can go - and stay - in school. Students also receive school bags,...
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The worst floods and mudslides in almost 30 years are currently impacting over half of Peru. Over 640 000 people are affected and more than 100 000 need humanitarian assistance.

The European Commission has mobilised €250 000 for emergency relief assistance and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to facilitate offers of assistance.

"We are providing both emergency funding...
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EU emergency assistance to help Peru cope with floods

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In many parts of the world, water is a scarce and precious resource, which can't be taken for granted.

Because of climate change and urbanisation, the number of people without access to clean water is expected to nearly double by 2025, reaching a staggering 2 billion people.

The EU is a leading humanitarian donor providing water, sanitation and hygiene assistance to people who need it most....
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As a result of the conflict with Boko Haram, the north east of Nigeria is now the scene of an alarming nutrition crisis.

Water is a key component in the EU's humanitarian response, which is carried out via humanitarian organisations on the ground, like ALIMA and Solidarités International. Safe water grants survival, but it also helps prevent undernutrition – a disease, which has already...
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When Tropical Cyclone Enawo made landfall on Madagascar’s east coast earlier this month, 81 people lost their lives and some 245 000 people were driven temporarily from their homes.

With support from the European Union, the Malagasy Red Cross mobilised its volunteers to warn people about the impending disaster and organise emergency evacuations in its immediate aftermath. They also delivered...
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Interested in applying your skills to help others?

Our EU Aid Volunteers initiative enables European citizens with a variety of different skills and profiles to contribute to humanitarian assistance in countries where help is needed.

Read all about EU Aid Volunteers here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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2-year-old Josue rests his head on his mother after successfully recovering from severe malnutrition.

The two live in Colombia's remote desert region La Guajira, home to Colombia's indigenous Wayuu people. A prolonged drought and scant access to water and other basic resources has created a serious humanitarian crisis in the region.

To help, the EU funds humanitarian partners who address...
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The peace deal signed last year between Colombia and the main rebel group, FARC, started the process to end a 52-year armed conflict that left over 200 000 dead and forced over 7 million people to flee.

But several areas of the country are still affected by heavy fighting. euronews went to Putumayo to speak to recently displaced people, as well as the EU-funded organisations that help them.
The European Commission today launched its largest ever humanitarian programme for education in emergencies to encourage some 230 000 refugee children to attend school in Turkey.

The €34 million "Conditional Cash Transfer for Education" (CCTE) project will provide bi-monthly cash transfers as of May 2017 to vulnerable refugee families whose children regularly attend school. The project will...
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This week marks one year since the Council of the European Union adopted the EU emergency support regulation, enabling the EU to provide emergency aid inside its borders in exceptional circumstances such as the refugee and migration crisis in the EU.

To date, €192 million have been contracted to the EU's humanitarian aid partners to support refugees and migrants in Greece, including UN...
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There are over 650 000 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan and most of them live in poor urban areas where they are often unable to access healthcare and other vital services - expensive medical care involving surgery even less so.

This is why the EU funds organisations like the humanitarian group La Chaîne de l'Espoir that performs complex, often life-saving cardiac and orthopaedic...
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The conflict in Syria has entered its seventh year and has created an overwhelming and enduring humanitarian crisis with millions of people in need of emergency assistance.

The European Union is a leading donor to the international response to the crisis with over €9.4 billion mobilised for relief and recovery assistance to Syrians inside the country and to refugees and host communities in...
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Rasha, 24, and Fatima, 20, become mothers for the first time on the same day – a joyful experience in spite of their circumstances. Like thousands of others, both women had to flee their homes in north-eastern Syria and are now living in uncertainty in Damascus.

Yet in some ways, Fatima and Rasha are fortunate. Despite the tumult of the conflict, they were able to receive skilled medical care...
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Mongolia is known for its long and harsh winters, but when the "dzud" strikes, winter reaches a whole other level. Unique to this part of the world, this slow disaster is characterised by a long summer drought followed by a biting cold winter. This year, the dzud has struck again, killing thousands of animals across the country, which herders depend on for their livelihoods.

The EU has...
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When Tropical Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar in 2015, severe flooding displaced over 1.6 million people. In Chin State, the poorest in the country, the rain triggered violent landslides that flattened houses, buried roads and disrupted essential services.

When the work began to rebuild their villages, the women played a leading role from day one: [ Bit.ly Link ]

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Spanish chef Clara Villalón met with the Redae family during her recent trip to Ethiopia to talk about what food means to them. Mr. Redae, who has lived through two major droughts, explained that food assistance is a stepping stone for him to rebuild his livelihood and regain his independence.

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10-year-old Noor’s favourite doll is called Lucy. The toy lies somewhere in the rubble in Syria – abandoned when her family fled barrel bombs smashing their home in Homs.

Now in Kirikhan in Turkey, Noor and her family is supported by EU-funded International Medical Corps, who help refugees across the country deal with physical and mental injuries.
On this International Women's Day, meet Helin - a 29-year-old woman trying to hold on to some semblance of normal life in Turkey after fleeing Syria.

Together with her children she lives in Sanliurfa in south-eastern Turkey with her in-laws. The family benefits from the EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net programme, which provides the family with an electronic debit card, with enough funds...
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How is the EU helping Syrian refugee women in Turkey?

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