ANKARA â€“ The Japanese government donated more than $200,000 on Tuesday to three Turkish local provincial municipalities to improve healthcare and education services in disadvantaged areas.
Speaking at the ceremony in Turkish capital Ankara, Japanâ€™s ambassador in Ankara, Yutaka Yokoi said they chose three projects out of around 200 applications with one project being the donation of educational materials for a woman's vocational training center in Cankiri, close to the capital Ankara.
The other project chosen is for medical equipment to be supplied for the improvement of municipal health services in Kilis, in southeastern Turkey near the border with Syria.
Turkey, one of the countries most negatively affected by the almost three-year Syrian crisis, hosts more than 700,000 Syrian refugees, with the number expected to rise to 1.5 million by the end of 2014, according to the UNHCR.
Yokoi said that the third project picked was for the enhancement of health services in Malatya in Turkeyâ€™s eastern Anatolia, where public access to health services are limited.
Nihat Ersen, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said that Turkey has been sheltering more than 700,000 Syrian refugees and thanked Japan for their help.
The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP) was started by Japanâ€™s official development assistance (ODA) in 1989 and has been administered in around 136 countries.
Around 27 projects, in particularly on issues on basic health services, education and women, have been set up since Turkish and Japanese Foreign Ministries signed an aid agreement in 2000.
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