‘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 confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 81 million. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

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