Summer Games photo exhibit opens in Washington, DC

03 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

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 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
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)2 589 0724