Amman, 17 February 2014 – UNICEF’s response to the Syria crisis in Jordan received a new financial boost Monday, with the announcement of a new €10 million donation from the Government of Germany.
On a visit to Jordan, the German Minister for International Cooperation, His Excellency Gerd Müller, announced the new grant at Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID) in Hashemi Al Shemali, where UNICEF supports a Child and Family Protective Place, in partnership with INTERSOS and the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD).
Minister Müller praised the Jordanian people for their hospitality and generosity in hosting such a large number of Syrian refugees. “This conflict and refugee crisis is the biggest humanitarian crisis in 20 years,” he said. “Children and young people are most affected by this terrible war. We are giving additional support because the children of today are the adults of tomorrow. The work carried out now is critical for the future.”
The announcement was made in the presence of UNICEF Jordan’s Deputy Representative, Michele Servadei, INTERSOS Head of Mission, Marcello Rossoni, and Deputy Director of ZENID, Wafaa’ Al Amaireh.
The funds will finance programmes that effectively provide education opportunities and psychosocial support to Syrian children, adolescents and youth up to the age of 24 years, in camps and host communities, as well as vulnerable Jordanian children across the country this year.
“Over the past few months, the needs of the Syrian refugees in host communities and those of host communities themselves have increased dramatically,” said Michele Servadei, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Jordan. “Thanks to the generous contribution of the people and Government of Germany, UNICEF will be able to expand access to and improve the quality of education and psychosocial support services that are crucial in averting a lost generation of Syrian children.”
The new grant will increase Germany’s contribution to UNICEF’s emergency response to the Syria crisis in Jordan to €45 million since 2012 and will help meet the ever increasing needs of Syrian refugee children and vulnerable Jordanian children in the country.
In 2014, UNICEF plans to strengthen child protection systems and expand education programmes in Jordan to ensure children have an enhanced quality of education in the public sector and better access to remedial and catch-up learning opportunities, to support the continued ability of children to return to public schools.
Under the Regional Response Plan (RRP6) for Syrian refugees, UNICEF is appealing for US $170.5 million to sustain and expand existing services in Jordan to meet the needs of an anticipated 800,000 Syrian refugees by December 2014.
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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