Children and women in Kenya to benefit from Japan’s record-breaking pledge to UNICEF
NAIROBI, 13 March 2013 – Japan will make the largest humanitarian contribution to UNICEF in its 67 year history as the government decided to donate US$189.5 million from its supplementary budget for a wide range of projects in 35 developing countries and territories.
Over 80 per cent of the massive aid package, US$153.9 million, will go towards 29 African countries. Kenya is among the beneficiaries of this donation, receiving US$6 million to fund UNICEF projects that enhance resilience for vulnerable women and children in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL), urban informal settlements and the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.
This humanitarian aid will help finance UNICEF Kenya’s core programs such as nutrition, health, education, child protection and water, sanitation and hygiene, with a special focus on disaster risk reduction and peace building initiatives. For example, US$1 million will strengthen the government of Kenya’s capacity for emergency preparedness and response in arid counties through the education programme.
Funding to Kenya’s health programme will reach more than 70,000 pregnant and lactating women and their infants living in northern Kenya with high-impact maternal and newborn health services. An additional 153,000 people will enjoy improved water, sanitation and hygiene services including a pilot of eco-san toilets in selected schools in rural Kenya, amongst other projects.
In January 2013, UNICEF released the Humanitarian Action for Children 2013 Report and appealed for almost US$1.4 billion for children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies. UNICEF Kenya requested for US$39,860,035 to sustain and accelerate the gains achieved in 2011 and 2012 in reaching those affected by the Horn of Africa emergency with life-saving interventions.
Most of the countries listed in the HAC report are covered by Japan’s foreign aid package. As of today, the amount of foreign aid Japan has given to UNICEF in 2013 totals US$219.1 million.
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