5 Feburary 2009
UNRWA received today in Gaza the first batch of a generous donation from the Government of Japan as part of a larger relief package which contains blankets, sleeping mats and plastic sheeting. These goods will be distributed among the conflict affected people of Gaza and are a most welcome and timely donation at a time when many Gazans are starting to rebuild their shattered lives.
Japan has been a long-time partner of UNRWA, supporting all the Agency’s funds and efforts in all its five fields of operation. Over the last eight years, Japan has contributed a total of $136 million. Japan traditionally supports UNRWA’s Food Aid activities for the poorest of the refugees in the region. Its contribution to this programme in 2008 amounted to over US$ 5.7 million. The government of Japan has also assisted UNRWA’s Emergencies in Lebanon and has recently provided staff to the Agency.