Galicia Regional Government donates EUR 25,000 to Gaza school food

13 April 2012

13 April 2012
Jerusalem

A donation from the Galicia Regional Government towards UNRWA’s school feeding programme in the Gaza Strip will enable UNRWA to provide 144,794 meals to 5,569 students during 26 school days in 2012.

In the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), poverty levels, and access to livelihoods and employment are drivers of food insecurity: a persistent lack of access to sufficient nutritious food. In Gaza, these factors are exacerbated by the blockade of the coastal enclave.

Against this backdrop UNRWA recently identified an additional 200,000 Palestine refugees in Gaza living below the abject-poverty line of USD 1.60 per day, bringing the total number to 300,000 people. As a result of this pervasive poverty, the proportion of Gaza’s population that is food-insecure has risen to 63 per cent.

One of UNRWA’s main goals in the Gaza Strip is to alleviate the impact of poverty and food insecurity on the refugee population; supplementary school feeding will help to achieve that goal by mitigating the affect of rising poverty on students. Evidence shows that better nutrition helps students to focus on their schoolwork, and encourages them to attend school every day.

The school food programme aims to provide a 12-day menu that includes a range of sandwiches, yoghurt, fruits, and juice or milk for up to 221,000 students over the 180-day school year. The project, funded by the Galicia regional government in Spain, will help in covering 5,569 of those meals during 2012.

The programme is specifically designed to address the needs of school children, who continue to suffer from a deteriorating socio-economic environment characterised by poverty and deprivation.

The contribution by Galicia will improve the living conditions of the most needy refugee population in Gaza during a period of deepening vulnerability and of rising humanitarian crisis.

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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, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

UNRWA’s Spanish Comittee works to support UNRWA’s humanitarian programmes and to raise awareness within Spanish society of the situation facing Palestine refugees.

For more information, please contact:

Cristina Poveda
Communication and Marketing
UNRWA Spanish Committee
Mobile: (+34) 638 879 561
Office: (+34) 917 027 059

María González
Communication
UNRWA Spanish Committee
Mobile: (+34) 638 879 561
Office: (+34) 917 027 059

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$ 69 million.

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