The Government of Japan commits an additional 500,000 US dollars, in support of conflict-affected children in Chad’s Ouaddai and Logone Oriental Provinces

Joint Press Release

06 April 2021

N’DJAMENA, 25 March 2021 – The Government of Japan and UNICEF in Chad will support the delivery of assistance to children and families fleeing conflicts in Central African Republic and Sudan. The joint action aims to save the lives of 30,000 refugee children and families in Chad’s Ouaddai and Logone Oriental Provinces, and to strengthen the resilience of both refugees and host communities through access to safe drinking water, sanitation and improved hygiene practices. The US$ 500,000 contribution complements the Government of Japan’s US$ 2,086,781 committed in February 2021, to provide integrated support to children affected by conflict and strengthen resilience and peacebuilding strategies in the Lac province of Chad.

Through the US$ 500,000 funded action, the Government of Japan will ensure access to safe drinking water to 5,000 people through the construction of 10 boreholes. The construction of 200 emergency family/communal latrines, including hand washing facilities and 50 showers, will respond to the needs of 4,000 people. UNICEF will also distribute soap, jerry-cans and sakhanes (traditional hand washing devices in the shape of a kettle) to 6,000 households, and menstrual hygiene kits to women and girls. UNICEF will work in coordination with UNHCR, in order to allow for a holistic and integrated response to the needs of refugees and host community.

“The promotion of good hygiene practices in addition to the provision of water, is vital for displaced populations, where already scarce resources among host communities are shared with the refugees. Lack of access to sanitation and safe drinking water facilities makes practicing good hygiene measures, which is particularly important for COVID-19 prevention, difficult to be observed. UNICEF will promote adoption of good hygiene practices and provide drinking water points to create a protective framework for communities,” says Viviane VAN STEIRTEGHEM, UNICEF representative in Chad.

“This support from the Government of Japan will help reduce the risk of common water-borne diseases and improve the general well-being of the refugee population and host communities in Chad.  This important project will contribute to building sustainable response mechanisms and systems through the participation of host communities in the management of WASH facilities and therefore enabling their continued use in future crisis and non-crisis situations,” says H.E.M. OSAWA Tsutomu, the ambassador of Japan to Chad, based in Cameroon.

UNICEF and the Government of Japan have been partnering for many years to respond to the critical needs of children in Chad. This partnership allows to continue and expand the life-saving assistance provided to the children in Chad in 2020, which included support to improve access of displaced and host populations to integrated basic services (protection and water and sanitation) and build capacity of communities.

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