Children of Shu’fat camp enjoy animals muppet show

27 October 2011

27 October 2011
Jerusalem

The Deputy Consul General of Spain Javier Gutierrez yesterday joined the children of Shu’fat camp in an animals muppet show at the Shu’fat camp services committee centre.

The show was organised in cooperation with the Consulate General of Spain, Spanish Cooperation Office in Jerusalem and the UNRWA education programme in the West Bank. El-Retablo Muppet Theatre, which has won many international prizes in the field of puppet performances, presented the show.

“It is a good opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the Spanish government and UNRWA, since the Spanish government is a main partner and donor for UNRWA. We are happy because the Palestinian children have the opportunity to share the things and shows they see with the Spanish children,” Mr Gutierrez explained.

The theatre depends on the techniques of sound and movement. It is a concert of small histories concerning the animal world. Objects, elements and diverse materials are transformed into animals, animated beings whose forms, colours, sounds, rhythms and movements draw varied scenic scores that captivate and amaze both children and adults.

El-Retablo Muppet Theatre was founded in 1987. The company has held more than 100 performances in Spain and abroad, showing diverse spectacles. The theatre will continue its shows across the West Bank to include UNRWA schools in Shu’fat and Balata refugee camps, Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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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