Japan grants $697k to support correctional services project at Russeifa detention centre

The Government of Japan has decided to extend a grant of US$697,492 to a Japanese Non-Government Organization, Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCOD) for the 2nd phase capacity enhancement of the Detention Centre in Russeifa, according press statement issued by Japanese embassy.

A grant contract was signed on July 1, 2021 by Araike Katsuhiko, Charge’ d ’affaires and Kitagaki Kenta, Country Representative of NICCOD Jordan Office.

This project is the second phase of a three-year project and the Government of Japan extended a grant of US$ 448,231 for the first phase.

This grant assistance aims to support the capacity enhancement of the Osama Ben-Zaid Detention Centre, which is a pre-trial detention and rehabilitation facility for boys between 16 and 18 years old located in Russeifa, Zarqa.

The project aims to improve environment of correctional education and rehabilitation activities at the centre, develop capacity of staffs for psychological support, and exchange opinions with local communities and the centre, read the statement.

All the activities will be implemented utilizing Japan’s experience and knowledge in this field in order to contribute to the reduction of the recidivism of juvenile criminals in Jordan and to support the centre to be a bridge between juveniles and society, said the statement.

NICCOD is a Japanese Non-Government Organization that has been working for emergency relief and supporting self-reliance with in consideration to the environment since 1979. Subsequent to launching a micro credit project in Karak in 1993, NICCOD has been implementing a wide range of projects in various area across Jordan.

Since the onset of Syrian crisis, it has been engaging in humanitarian support activities for Syrian refugees and Jordanian impoverished people living in Zarqa and its activities have also been expanded to Zaatari refugee camp since August 2014.

Source: Jordan News Agency