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

Gaza

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.

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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, 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$ 68 million.

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