Emirati NGO donates for new classrooms in Gaza

19 April 2012

19 April 2012
Gaza

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 confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 96.5 million. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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