Gaza’s Children Head for World Record Glory

30 July 2009

Media invitation to witness a world record attempt for kite flying

30 July 2009


This week thousands of children in Gaza will make an attempt to break the world record for the number of kites flying in the same place at the same time. The event will take place on Thursday 30 July at 3 pm on the beach West of Beit Lahiya, north of the Al Waha Centre. This initiative is part of UNRWA’s Summer Games programme providing fun, games and some remedial education for about a quarter of a million children in Gaza. The current world record is just over 700 kites. UNRWA hopes to have thousands flying. Come and report on this astonishing picture story.

For further information please contact UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness on 0542 402 659.


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. 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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