The Government of Japan has donated $7 million in support of UNICEFâ€™s humanitarian and development response to children in Palestine.
This new grant will enable UNICEF and partners to implement interventions which are critical for childrenâ€™s well-being and protection from violence, and to ensure their access to basic services such as education, water and sanitation, protection or health and nutrition.
â€śGiven the severe circumstances facing the Palestinian children on a daily basis, the Government of Japan highly appreciates UNICEFâ€™s interventions in various areas to protect children and improve their living conditions through providing necessary cares and increasing their access to the basic services,â€ť said Takeshi Okubo,Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority.
â€śWe feel a strong need to protect Palestinian children from violence and to improve their ed access to their basic rights and services.â€ť
According to WAFA, Japan said that its financial support will provide opportunities to strengthen Palestinian childrenâ€™s resilience and their coping mechanisms in an increasingly tense environment. It will support an integrated, multi-sector response with a focus on securing the social protection and inclusiveness.
â€śThe Government and the people of Japan have been most valued supporters of UNICEFâ€™s mandate to improve the lives of the most vulnerable Palestinian children for years,â€ť said June Kunugi, UNICEF State of Palestine Special Representative.
â€śWe are very deeply grateful for Japanâ€™s enduring commitment and generous support which will not only provide humanitarian relief, but also encourage recovery and system building benefiting Palestinian children and their families,â€ť Kunugi added.
The grant focuses on children from birth through adolescence, including by improving neonatal services for increased survival of newborns; helping children to access safe, drinking water and adequate sanitation services while increasing the capacity of national water information management systems.