Summer Games photo exhibit opens in Washington, DC

03 August 2011

3 August 2011
Washington, DC

In support of UNRWA’s Summer Games, American Friends of UNRWA (AFU) will be presenting the photo exhibit, “Summer Games in Gaza,” in Washington, DC on 5 August. The exhibit was first held in the fall of 2010 at the UN General Assembly and was opened by the former head of UNRWA operations in Gaza, John Ging. The exhibit’s Washington, DC appearance is sponsored by the office of Congressman Keith Ellison and will be held in the Rayburn House Building.

The photo exhibit features extraordinary and uplifting images of Gazan children enjoying their Summer Games, and also features information about the hardships faced by the people of Gaza. UNRWA’s Summer Games is an unprecedented initiative in its nature and scale that brings joy, education and relief to some 250,000 children in the Gaza Strip. Children participate in a wide variety of sports, arts and crafts, theatre, music and folklore activities.

Perhaps most exciting is the number of successful world record attempts the children make every year. Featured in the exhibit are photographs of children breaking the record for most kites flown simultaneously and most basketballs dribbled. The positive effect these events have had on the self-esteem of Gazsan children is profound.

The exhibit takes place on 5 August in the Gold Room, located inside the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. This event is free, open to the public, and runs from 11am to 5pm.

To RSVP, please email info@friendsunrwa.org.

American Friends of UNRWA

AFU is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation that provides support for the humanitarian work of UNRWA through advocacy, fundraising and education. AFU aims to educate the general American public about the situation of the Palestinian refugees and generate support for UNRWA’s education, health and social service programs in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. All donations to AFU are tax-deductible.

To learn more, please visit the American Friends of UNRWA website.

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$ 69 million.

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