Castilla La Mancha Supports UNRWA in Syria

07 November 2013

The regional government of Castilla La Mancha, in Spain, has provided valuable support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in its efforts to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria. 

With a donation of EUR 62,000 (US$ 84,000), Castilla La Mancha helped UNRWA provide hygiene articles to the most vulnerable members of the Palestine refugee community, including displaced children, women and elderly persons. 

The ongoing conflict in Syria has presented increasing challenges to the Agency and to the country’s 529,000 Palestine refugees, of whom some 420,000 are in need of assistance. Over half of the total have been displaced, some 235,000 within Syria itself and over 60,000 in neighbouring countries, particularly Lebanon and Jordan. 

As UNRWA works to assist Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS), including those who have been displaced from their homes, the Government of Castilla La Mancha has been an important and reliable partner in providing relief. Non-food items such as the hygiene kits also provide important support to the health of the Palestine refugee community. 

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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 US$ 56 million.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0724
Maria Gonzalez
UNRWA Espana
Mobile: 
+34 91 702 7059
Office: 
+34 91 702 7059
Cristina Poveda
UNRWA Espana
Mobile: 
+34 91 702 7059
Office: 
+34 91 702 7059

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