Ambassador of Japan hosts scholarship recipients

27 October 2009

27 October 2009


The Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Koichi Kawakami, yesterday held a lunch for seven Palestinian students who graduated in Sciences and Business Administration thanks to scholarships from the government of Japan. The students were accompanied by UNRWA‘s Director of Operations, Mr. Salvatore Lombardo, and the Lebanon Education Programme Chief, Ms. Afaf Younis.

In June 2004, the Japanese government donated US$ 100,000 to cover scholarships for the seven students. Thanks to this donation, the students were able to pursue higher education at universities in Lebanon, helping them increase their chances of emplyoment in the future. The scholarships covered the full university tuition fees and other education-related expenses, with three more students set to be sponsored for the coming academic year.

Mr Lombardo thanked the Japanese Government for its continuous investment in the education of Palestine refugees, particularly female students.
Background information:

Since 1999, UNRWA, with the general support of donors, has been able to help hundreds of Palestinian students pursue their university education in Lebanon, an opportunity rarely afforded to young refugees.

The Government of Japan has donated generously approximately US$ 580,000 to the Agency for scholarships since 2004. It has also made generous contributions to the Agency’s appeals, including US$ 6,531,257 to the Nahr el-Bared camp emergency (Flash Appeal and Emergency Appeal), and US$ 450,000 towards the Camp Improvement Initiative in 2007.

For more information please contact UNRWA Public Information Office in Lebanon:

Tel/fax 01-840468 ext 314.

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at more than US$ 106  million.

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