‘Araqa Embroidery Bazaar in Nazareth

06 March 2011

On the occasion of International Women’s Day

UNRWA’s Job Creation Programme

cordially invites you to attend the opening ceremony of

‘Araqa Embroidery Bazaar in Nazareth

Under the auspices of Mayor of Nazareth, Eng. Ramez Jarayseh

Tuesday 8 March 2011 at 4 pm, Sudfeh restaurant in downtown Nazareth

The bazaar hours: Tuesday 8 March until 9pm and Wednesday 9 March, 10am - 7pm

The bazaar is held as part of ‘Araqa initiative launched by UNRWA’s Job Creation Programme

to promote and market embroidery items produced by local women’s centers in the West Bank

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 56 million.

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