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 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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