Aramex and UNRWA inaugurate a library in Nahr el-Bared camp

27 March 2011

25 March 2011

Logistics and transportation company Aramex and UNRWA inaugurated a public library in the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp in north Lebanon today, in the presence of the Regional Manager of Aramex in Lebanon and West Africa, Mrs Asma Zein, and the Deputy Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Mr Robert Hurt.

Thanks to the US$ 32,500 contribution from Aramex, which covers the running costs and equipment of the library, the inhabitants of Nahr el-Bared camp will have the opportunity to read books from all over the world. Aramex will also donate books for the library for an estimated value of US$ 10,000.

Thanking Aramex for its donation, Hurt said: “It gives me great pleasure to be part of this inauguration ceremony today. I know that there is an Arabic saying that describes books as being the best companion of a person. This l`ibrary will give people – young and old – the opportunity to be in good company, to learn and exercise their minds and imagination. It is a wonderful symbol of Aramex and UNRWA’s partnership – a partnership that grows stronger every day.”

The destruction of Nahr el-Bared camp in the conflict of 2007, and the subsequent displacement of some 27,000 Palestine refugees from the camp and its adjacent areas created a humanitarian crisis, the effects of which are still being felt four years on. Thanks to donor contributions since 2007, UNRWA has been able to meet the most basic needs of the displaced refugees. The physical reconstruction of the camp began in November 2009, and construction is under way for two packages out of eight, and three of six UNRWA schools. Nevertheless, the long-term recovery of the camp and its residents is by no means assured, and UNRWA’s support to the displaced refugees continues to be vital.

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UNRWA Public information officer in Lebanon
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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 more than US$ 106  million.

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