U.K. Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell. Photo by: Business Fights Poverty / CC BY

Andrew Mitchell arrived Tuesday (Aug. 7) at a newly established refugee camp in Jordan with a gift for Syrian refugees: new U.K. aid.

The secretary of state for international development has pledged 10 million pounds ($15.6 million) in aid for the refugees. A total of 5.5 million pounds will go to refugees in Jordan and 4.5 million pounds for those in Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.

The money will be coursed through the U.K. Department for International Development’s partners: the U.N. World Food ProgramUNICEF and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. It will help provide food, emergency shelter, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene kits.

Some of the money will also be used for Syrian children’s education and cash payments to Syrian families living with host communities in Jordan, according to a press release.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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