UNRWA and US Meet PRS in Beqaa

22 November 2013
UNRWA and US Meet PRS in Beqaa


On 19 November, Ann Dismorr, Lebanon field director for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), accompanied a delegation from the United States, headed by Kelly Clements, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), to Quob Elias in the mid-Beqaa area. A number of Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) have sought shelter there from the ongoing conflict. 

The delegation met with PRS families and inquired about their living conditions. The refugees highlighted the difficult situations they are facing, including the rental prices and poor sanitation in the area. However, they expressed their appreciation for the support provided by UNRWA, especially the ATM cards that the Agency launched last month in Lebanon.

The Director of UNRWA Affairs briefed the delegation on UNRWA services to PRS. Describing the Agency’s cash assistance, Ms. Dismorr noted that “the ATM system gives its beneficiaries more dignity in their plight.” 

The United States remains the largest bilateral UNRWA supporter, for both emergency activities as well as core programming in education, health and relief. Since 2012, the US has provided US$ 14 million to support the Agency’s emergency efforts on behalf of Palestine refugees from Syria.  

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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.

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