JICA supports sanitation for internally-displaced persons in Gaza

24 December 2014
JICA supports sanitation for internally-displaced persons in Gaza

Gaza

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has provided UNRWA with 137 cubic meters of chlorine, which is essential for water and sanitation activities in UNRWA-managed collective centres in the Gaza Strip.

“JICA has always been a great supporter of UNRWA and the Palestine refugees,” said Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza Robert Turner. “We are very grateful to receive this donation in support of hygiene activities at the UNRWA-managed collective centres, where almost 19,000 internally-displaced people are living and dependent on UNRWA for all their basic needs. We welcome this contribution and look forward to continuing cooperation with JICA.”

JICA, the Japanese government agency for development aid, has been supporting education, health, infrastructure and economic development for the people in Gaza and actively responding to the emergency since the summer’s conflict. During August, JICA donated 870 food parcels to UNRWA, enough to help more than 5,000 displaced individuals survive for three days. This new support for UNRWA water and sanitation activities builds on sanitation training that UNRWA staff received in Japan, by providing chlorine detergent for the 18 collective centres that are still temporary homes to almost 19,000 internally-displaced people. These recent in-kind contributions are equivalent to almost US$ 60,000 in total. In addition, JICA employees personally donated US$ 9,300 for the Gaza emergency relief during the hostilities in Gaza this summer.

JICA Palestine Office chief representative Izumi Tanaka noted that emergency needs in Gaza remain enormous and said he hopes the JICP contribution will help improve the condition of the shelters during the cold season. Mr. Tanaka said JICA will continue to support urgent reconstruction needs in Gaza.

JICA generously supports UNRWA health care, education, water and sanitation, camp improvement and energy efficiency based on a partnership agreement between the two agencies signed in August 2011.

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. 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 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem 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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