Ambassador of Japan hosts scholarship recipients

27 October 2009

27 October 2009

Beirut

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.
E-mail: h.elturk@unrwa.org
         

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 96.5 million. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

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