Japan pledges an additional U$ S7 million for conflict-affected populations in the D. R. Congo
Kinshasa, 5 December 2008 - The government of Japan this week announced an additional contribution of US$7 million dollars as a grant to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The amount is earmarked for assistance to affected populations in the East of the country, and will be disbursed through UNICEF, WPF and UNHCR.
Mr. Nobuhide Minorikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs made the announcement during a visit to the EP Kiboto primary school on the outskirts of Kinshasa, where with assistance from the government of Japan, UNICEF DRC is executing a programme on Healthy schools and villages, as part of its Water and Sanitation Programme.
Mr. Kanji Kitazawa, the Ambassador Plenipotentiary of Japan to the DRC, led the delegation which accompanied the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. Since the beginning of 2008, UNICEF DRC has received various grants from the government of Japan. The announcement will bring to total amount to 15.2 million by the end of the year. These grants are being used to implement programmes in favour of children in area of Education, Child Survival, Child Protection, Water and Sanitation.
In the Water and Sanitation Programme, UNICEF supports the national strategy of promoting Healthy School and Healthy Village strategy in rural and semi-urban communities throughout the country. The partner for the sanitation component in villages and communities is the Ministry of Health, while the Ministry responsible for Primary, Secondary and Professional Education manages the school sanitation component.
UNICEF has so far been supporting 827 villages and 252 schools and expects at least 50% of them - with a population of about 37,800 pupils - to attain the « Healthy School »status by the end of 2009.
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