UNRWA and ANERA Expand Cooperation in Lebanon

21 November 2013
UNRWA and ANERA Expand Cooperation in Lebanon


Ann Dismorr, Director of Affairs in Lebanon for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) met on 21 November 2013 with Bill Corcoran, President and CEO of the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). 

Ms. Dismorr briefed Mr. Corcoran and ANERA on the impact of the humanitarian crisis in Syria. She also discussed the situation of Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon and explained their basic needs, such as shelter and border access. 

Mr. Corcoran reiterated the cooperation between UNRWA and ANERA in helping PRS. He discussed new possibilities for providing support to UNRWA efforts in emergency education and health for PRS in Lebanon. 

Currently, ANERA provides in-kind donations of medication to UNRWA, helping respond to the health needs of around 190,000 Palestine refugees each year. This support provides an indirect benefit to the health of Palestine refugees residing in camps and gatherings in Lebanon. 

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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 more than US$ 106  million.

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