Emirati NGO donates for new classrooms in Gaza

19 April 2012

19 April 2012

UNRWA has received a contribution from Human Appeal International, an Emirati NGO based in the Emirate of Ajman, to construct nine classrooms in Al Durj Primary School in Gaza City. The classrooms will be open for students in the coming 2012/2013 scholastic year.

Welcoming this contribution, Mr Peter Ford, Representative of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said: “This generous contribution from Human Appeal International will not only provide for better education for the children of Gaza, but it also marks the start of what looks to set to be a very promising partnership for the benefit of Palestine refugees.”

UNRWA educates some 218,000 children in Gaza in 243 schools, many of which suffer from overcrowding and run-down premises as rapid population growth rates have increased demand on UNRWA schools. To address this, UNRWA with the support of its generous donors has embarked on a plan to construct additional schools and classrooms across the Gaza Strip.

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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