German Ambassador Opens UNRWA School in Wihdat Camp

27 April 2009

27 April 2009

Amman

His Excellency Mr Joachim Heidorn, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, today inaugurated a girls’ school building in Wihdat Camp, constructed and equipped through a contribution of US$1.3m from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The new building replaces two old deteriorated structures and provides better facilities that are more conducive to the teaching and learning process.

Accompanied by the Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan, Mr Richard Cook, the ambassador toured the new building and visited the girls and teachers in their classrooms.

Expressing his deepest appreciation for the generous contribution, Mr Cook said that the new school building provides better access to quality education and learning opportunities for the 1,800 girls who use the school on a double shift basis.

Germany, one of UNRWA’s largest donors, has provided over US$12m to the Agency in 2009 for both its General Fund and Special Projects.

In Jordan, the Agency runs 174 schools providing ten grades of basic education to some 124,000 boys and girls.

UNRWA is a humanitarian and human development agency providing education, health care, social services, micro-credit and emergency relief to up to 4.6 million registered refugees living in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic. In Jordan, the Agency caters for 1.9m refugees.

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UNRWA/Jordan
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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$ 56 million.

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