Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, visited Khan Younis Refugee Camp, in the Gaza Strip, to celebrate the completion of the project funded by the Government of Japan through Japanâ€™s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a press release said on Thursday.
A grant of $88,665 was extended to the “Never Stop Dreaming” association, and used to build four safe green areas inside Khan Younis camp, and to rehabilitate these areas for children’s use by installing games, seats and planting grass and trees. About 10,000 residents benefit from the green areas.
WAFA further reports that, in his speech, Okubo emphasized Japanâ€™s firm commitment of supporting Palestinian people from human security perspective, as well as the importance of implementing social and economic development projects needed for Palestinian communities.
Since 1993, the Government of Japan has extended its official development assistance to approximately USD 1.86 billion, to the Palestinians. GGP projects have been formulated in collaboration with the Palestinian Authority, through the Ministry of Finance and Planning, since 2010.
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