The Government of Japan has decided to provide the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)with USD 5.7 million in assistance for implementing Child Protection, Education, and WASH interventions for the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar district and Bhasan Char Island.
An Exchange of Notes was signed by H.E. Mr. IWAMA Kiminori, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.
The project, titled ‘The Project for Integrated Livelihood Support for Displaced Persons from Myanmar and Host Communities in Bhasan Char and Cox’s Bazar District’, will contribute to the implementation of Child Protection, Education, and WASH interventions for the Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar district and Bhasan Char Island. It will reach more than 58,000 Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char camps, and 10,000 people in host communities in host communities through strengthened equitable and inclusive access to formal education, equitable access to essential water, sanitation, and hygiene, and access to well-coordinated and gender-responsive quality child protection services.
“Rohingya refugee children need safe water, quality education, protection, and other critical support. Thanks to this generous donation from the Government of Japan, UNICEF can continue to deliver these essential services in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and Bhasan Char, and to Bangladeshi host communities. The Government of Japan has consistently stepped up for Rohingya refugee children and affected host communities since the very start of this crisis. UNICEF is proud of this long-standing partnership with the Government of Japan,” said Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.
Ambassador IWAMA expressed his hope that the support from the Government of Japan would improve the living conditions of both Rohingya and host communities.
“During my last visit to Cox’s Bazar last month, I was impressed by the education program for Rohingya children at the Learning Center run by UNICEF. Japan will continue to work towards durable solutions including early repatriation to Myanmar while cooperating with international organizations including UNICEF for better living conditions for refugees and host communities. Finding durable solutions in this crisis will be conducive to our pursuit of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” he said.
Since the beginning of the emergency in August 2017, Japan has been a steadfast supporter of the Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh, contributing over USD $200 million to UNICEF and other UN agencies as well as NGOs in Bangladesh, including through this new funding.