Contribution from Dutch lottery

Briefing Notes, 30 January 2004

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Kris Janowski to whom quoted text may be attributed at the press briefing, on 30 January 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Yesterday, we received a 2.125 million euro donation from the National Postcode Lottery (NPL), the main charity lottery in the Netherlands, for a joint project in Sierra Leone of UNHCR and its main Dutch NGO partner, Stichting Vluchteling. The project aims at helping Sierra Leonean refugees return to their country, as well as supporting Liberian refugees in Sierra Leone. Additionally, UNHCR received an unearmarked one million euro donation from NPL director Boudewijn Poelmann. UNHCR has been one of the Lottery's 45 beneficiaries since 2003, when it received a one million euro donation. The NPL is the top private fundraiser for charity in the Netherlands. It devotes 60 percent of its net income to work in the fields of nature preservation and ecology, development co-operation, human rights and refugees.