5 May 2009
In response to UNRWA’s 2008 Emergency Appeal, the Spanish regional City Council of Zaragoza (capital of the autonomous community of Aragon) contributed with EUR 71,678 to UNRWA’s Emergency Environmental Health Programme in the West Bank. This contribution funded projects for infrastructural works in ten refugee camps across the West Bank and created 319 job days benefiting 93 labourers.
UNRWA’s cooperation with the City Council of Zaragoza, funneled through the Spanish Committee of UNRWA, dates to the early activities of the Committee in Spain. Zaragoza’s continuous support to UNRWA and Palestine refugees has translated into projects on shelter rehabilitation and reconstruction in the West Bank in 2006 and 2007, amounting to a total contribution of EUR 100,000.
In 2008, the City Council of Zaragoza funded an important part of the Environmental Health Programme in the West Bank that has successfully been completed, benefiting over 62,000 refugees in six refugee camps.