The Government of Japan has donated $7 million in support of UNICEFâs humanitarian and development response to children in Palestine.
This new grant will enable UNICEF and partners to implement interventions which are critical for childrenâs 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.
âGiven the severe circumstances facing the Palestinian children on a daily basis, the Government of Japan highly appreciates UNICEFâs 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 said Takeshi Okubo,Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority.
âWe feel a strong need to protect Palestinian children from violence and to improve their ed access to their basic rights and services.â
According to WAFA, Japan said that its financial support will provide opportunities to strengthen Palestinian childrenâs 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.
âThe Government and the people of Japan have been most valued supporters of UNICEFâs mandate to improve the lives of the most vulnerable Palestinian children for years,â said June Kunugi, UNICEF State of Palestine Special Representative.
âWe are very deeply grateful for Japanâs 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 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.