UNOPS

06/03/2015

Press release: UNOPS to repair flood-affected schools and health centres with the Government of Japan in North Darfur State

Khartoum, 6 March 2015 – The Government of Japan and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have signed an agreement to rehabilitate schools and health centres damaged by the 2014 floods in North Darfur State.

"Emergency Rehabilitation of Flood Affected Basic Service Facilities in El Fasher" will be implemented by UNOPS from April 2015 to March 2016. Worth $750,000, the Japan-funded project will rehabilitate six schools and two health centers damaged by floods in 2014, in an effort to provide renewed and safe access to these facilities.

Sudan experienced severe flooding during last year’s rainy season. El Fasher, one of Darfur’s five state capitals, was heavily affected and a number of buildings were damaged. As a result of the damage to the schools and the health centers, about 4,500 children were without access to safe educational facilities and over 16,000 people were left without safe health care facilities.

"I am pleased to announce the commencement of this project of rehabilitating schools and clinics damaged by last year’s heavy rains in El Fasher. Last year Japan has rehabilitated an old unused water treatment plant in El Fasher with UNOPS. The new project represents a continuation of Japan’s assistance for this important city. I see education as one of the essential elements of building sustainable peace. Education should not be disrupted. I hope this project will provide flood resilient schools and clinics to address the basic human needs of education and health in a more stable manner." stated H.E. Mr. Hideki Ito, Ambassador of Japan to Sudan.

Robbert Bekker, Head of UNOPS Sudan Office said, "UNOPS appreciates the continued partnership with the Government of Japan in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction. This coming project in El Fasher will be another concrete example of our collaboration to reduce the impact of natural disasters in a fragile environment such as Darfur."

Present in Sudan since 2005, UNOPS has extensive experience in supporting the Government and international partners with humanitarian, recovery and sustainable development projects.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Kazuyo Mitsuhashi, UNOPS Project Coordinator,  sudan.info@unops.org, Tel: +249 (0) 991 35 80 43