Bahrain donates USD 50,000 to UNRWA for education, health, and relief

14 February 2012

13 February 2012
Amman, Jordan

The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain has contributed USD 50,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The contribution will help UNRWA to deliver critical health, education, and humanitarian programmes for five million Palestine refugees in the region, through 700 schools, 137 primary health centres, and cash and food support for nearly 290,000 of the poorest refugees.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a regular contributor to the Agency, having contributed USD 495,000 to the Agency’s core programmes since 2000. In addition, the Royal Charity Organisation of Bahrain is funding a library, health centre, and a school for Palestine refugees living in Gaza. The library and health centre are nearing completion, while Al Manama School is scheduled to open its doors to new students for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year.

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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