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 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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