The Government of Japan has provided the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) USD 636,000 to expand refugee children’s access to essential services in Mahama Camp, including child protection, early childhood development and education.
These programmes will be implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) in close coordination with UNHCR and partners.
“Reinforcing these programmes will make a significant difference in the lives of children in Mahama Camp and in the host communities. This holistic approach ensures that young children are cared for in a nurturing environment, have the knowledge to stay healthy and safe, and have access to quality education. We are very thankful to the people of Japan for their continued generosity,” said Ted Maly, UNICEF Representative.
Previous contributions of the Government of Japan have supported refugee children in Rwanda affected by other humanitarian crises, with a focus on child protection, health, sanitation and hygiene, early childhood development and education. Funding from the Government of Japan to UNICEF provided psychosocial support to more than 8,000 children and their families to prevent and respond to violence, family separation, exploitation, and abuse.
“I am happy that I can go to school every day knowing that my siblings are safe and have food,” said Jeanine, a 17-year-old refugee from DRC. “We were worried about our future, but now we have no despair.”
The new funds from The Government of Japan will continue to focus on critical needs of Burundian refugees in Mahama Camp. “When children are protected, have access to early learning and quality education, they have a better chance at optimal development. We are proud to cooperate with the UNICEF to ensure refugee children not to miss opportunities for a good start in life,” concluded H.E. Mr.Takayuki Miyashita, the Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda.
The funds will cover a period of one year, reaching 50,000 Burundian refugees in Mahama Camp and 3,000 beneficiaries from the host communities.