Funds for education and health projects in Gaza and West Bank
23 January 2011
Japan has donated US$10 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The money will support UNRWA’s provision of education, health and social services to refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Japan’s ambassador to Jordan, H.E. Mr. Tetsuo Shioguchi, and UNRWA Commissioner-General, Filippo Grandi, announced the new funding during a visit to the Women‘s Programme Centre at Jabal el-Hussein refugee camp in Amman today.
Japan’s donation will help fund the Agency’s 335 schools in the occupied Palestinian territory, where UNRWA provides nine years of free education to registered refugee children. Education is the largest UNRWA programme, accounting for more than half of the Agency’s budget.
The money will also fund maternal and child health services, including the Agency’s school health programme, along with social services programmes for women, children and young people. US$ 6.8 million will support projects in Gaza, with the remaining US$ 3.2 million allocated to the West Bank.
Mr Grandi said: “This generous contribution allows us to continue to educate almost 270,000 refugee children in our schools in Gaza and the West Bank, and provide health and social services to this particularly vulnerable population. We thank the government and people of Japan for this crucial support for refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory, who are living under extremely difficult conditions.”
The Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Tetsuo Shioguchi, said: “Japan is very concerned about the impact of UNRWA’s serious financial crisis and hopes this grant will contribute to alleviating the hardship of Palestine refugees. Japan will continue to support education and primary health care because we have the strong belief that the Palestinian children hold the future of Palestine in their hands.”
Japan has been a consistent supporter of UNRWA. Japan’s assistance to the Palestine refugees through UNRWA, which began in 1953, has amounted to more than US$ 600 million.
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