India gives $1 million to feed children in Gaza

18 November 2011

18 November 2011
East Jerusalem

The Indian government has given US$ 1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to provide daily food supplements to thousands of refugee schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip.

The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, E Ahamed, handed over a cheque to UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi in Ramallah today.

The minister met Mr Grandi to deliver the donation and discuss future cooperation with the Agency. Mr Ahamed assured UNRWA of the Government of India‘s continued support in its operations and in its efforts to alleviate the sufferings of Palestine refugees.

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Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, 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 solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

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