The annual staff iftar is an important tradition in the West Bank for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), bringing together staff from across the Agency to break the Ramadan fast in an atmosphere of collegiality and friendship. On 1 August, the twenty-third of Ramadan, 200 staff members – both men and women, including senior officials and labourers, international and local colleagues, management and representatives from the Arab Staff Union – gathered at the Kalandia Training Centre (KTC) to maintain this tradition.
For the second consecutive year, an UNRWA facility was able to host the event. Because the amenities offered by the KTC far exceeded those of any previous host venue, personnel from across the field were eager to attend. Disregarding hierarchy and bureaucracy, they sat together to enjoy the traditional meal prepared by the kitchen staff of the KTC.
David Hutton, Deputy Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, emphasized the communal nature of the event. “Every one of us, whatever his or her grade, is as important as anyone else. At UNRWA, we are all important. Each one of us is a crucial part of the Agency and its team.”
Along with the meal, the gathered colleagues were served traditional Ramadan desserts and fresh, seasonal fruit. As they departed to their homes across the West Bank, they offered each other Eid greetings and hoped to meet again soon on another happy occasion.