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Japan’s $91,000 grant to build community center in Jerash camp

4. Japan Jerash Camp
A boy looks out over Jerash Camp in this undated photo. (Photo: UNRWA)
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AMMAN — The Japanese government provided a $91,538 grant to the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) for the renovation of an old building set to be transformed into a community center in Jerash Camp under a program named Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.اضافة اعلان

A grant contract was signed on Wednesday by Japanese Ambassador to Jordan Shimazaki Kaoru and UPA Executive Director Saleem Zaru.
Jerash Camp, locally known as Gaza Camp, is one of 10 UNRWA-recognized Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.

In a press statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, Japan’s embassy said that the grant assistance aims to establish a community center where the UPA would provide a variety of services and activities such as education, healthcare, and business development for residents of Jerash Camp. The community center will also be used as a recreational space for social interaction among the residents.

Since its establishment in 1978, the UPA has implemented many development and humanitarian projects to empower Palestinians and improve their lives in Palestine, as well as in the refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. This project is expected to improve the overall and cultural life for Palestinian refugees and promote their socioeconomic activities, the statement added.
At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Shimazaki expressed his gratitude to the UPA's great contribution to the society. "I sincerely hope that this project will have a big role in safeguarding their (Palestinian refugees) dignified life and improving their living conditions," he indicated.

Under this grant program, Japan has extended more than $10 million for 150 projects to NGOs, schools, hospitals, and local governments in Jordan since 1993.

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