AMMAN, 22 October 2013 – The government of Japan announced a new donation of $1 million to UNICEF Jordan’s emergency response to the Syrian crisis that will bring its contribution this year to $8 million.
The new donation will be directed towards water and sanitation services in public schools across Jordan, as well as in Za’atari refugee camp.
“We are very grateful to the people of Japan. These funds will ensure that Jordanian and Syrian children benefit from improved washroom facilities at schools. Access to basic sanitation is critical for a child’s wellbeing and to promote a healthy learning environment,” said Rozanne Chorlton, UNICEF Representative in Jordan.
The Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Mr. Junichi Kosuge, praised the invaluable efforts exerted by UNICEF in Jordan to mitigate the impact of the Syrian crisis on affected children. His Excellency said, “The Japanese people and government are pleased to contribute to the sincere humanitarian activities undertaken by UNICEF Jordan and to help relieve the pain and suffering of Syrian refugee children in Jordan, who deserve to enjoy a normal life like all other children.”
The funds will be used in Jordanian host communities to support the rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities in public schools. In partnership with Japan Emergency NGO (JEN), UNICEF will undertake the rehabilitation work, which will benefit 20 schools and some 10,000 children around the Kingdom.
In Za’atari refugee camp, the donation will, together with donations from the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid Office and the United Kingdom, contribute to the expansion of the water storage and distribution network, which is expected to benefit 30,000 residents. The expansion of the water network will reduce water shortages experienced by some communities within the camp and decrease the current costs by up to 30 per cent. The pipeline will also support water conservation efforts.
The previous donation of $7 million towards emergency assistance has covered Water and Sanitation, Child Protection and Health and Nutrition. With the support of the Government of Japan, UNICEF has now delivered water and sanitation services to more than 40,000 Syrian refugees in Za’atari and some 150,000 residents in host communities, including 15,000 children.
UNICEF and its partners deliver 4 million litres of water a day in Za’atari refugee camp. In host communities, UNICEF supports the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in rehabilitating and upgrading boreholes and water pumping stations, as well as providing new water trucks.
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
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