Qatar Supports Lebanon Scholarships

06 June 2014
Qatar supports UNRWA’s University Scholarship Programme


In Brussels, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, accepted a contribution of US$ 100,000 from His Excellency Sheikh Ali Bin Jassim Thani Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Mission to the European Union.

This contribution from Qatar will support the Agency's well-established university scholarship programme for Palestine refugees in Lebanon. The funds will be used to pay for three 4-year scholarships, in the fields of physiotherapy, speech therapy and psychology.

Welcoming the donation, the Commissioner-General said: “We are very grateful for this donation from Qatar which will help us stand firm in our commitment to Palestine refugee youth and will support our efforts to improve access to the local and regional labour market. We look forward to further developing this interaction.”

Qatar is an important partner of UNRWA. The Government of Qatar has been a generous supporter of the Agency's education and health programmes.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
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Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
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