Japan donates USD $ 270,000 to support refugees in Mahama Camp

On 13 May 2019 at 08:30

The Government of Japan has donated USD $270,000 (over Rwf 240 million) to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Rwanda (UNHCR) to support over of 58,000 Burundian refugees in Mahama camp in Kirehe district.

The funding will be utilized in legal advisory services, protecting children against violence and enabling refugees to access advanced health services at health centers or hospitals.

The official unveiling of projects supported by the funding will be held on 6th June 2019.

The Representative of UNHCR in Rwanda, Ahmed Baba Fall has expressed delight over the funding from the Government of Japan assuring that it will be efficiently utilized.

Japan ambassador to Rwanda, Takayuki Miyashita has said that his country prioritizes development cooperation in protection and capacity building of different people especially vulnerable and disadvantaged people to enhance their wellbeing.

“Since I came to Rwanda three years ago, I have visited Mahama Refugee Camp seven times to ensure that the funding reaches beneficiaries. We laud UNHCR Rwanda and partners for implementing the potential projects,” he said.

The Government of Japan is among major partners of UNHCR Rwanda for the past six years. It has so far donated USD $ 7 million to support refugees.

By 31st March 2019, Rwanda had received 148,320 refugees living in six camps, four transit centers and different parts of the country.