UNRWA summer camp lends helping hand to children in Wadi Abu Hindi

28 July 2011

27 July 2010
West Bank

The protection programme at UNRWA, in cooperation with Vento Di Terra, Inad Theater and the Cooperative Committee of the Jerusalem Bedouins, today concluded its ten-day children’s summer camps in Wadi Abu Hindi.

Forty children took part in the camp, which included activities such as drama, theatre and puppet making. The camp also included sports and recreational activities through specialised educators, trainers and community workers, in order to help the children express themselves, and release stress resulting from the threat of forced displacement.

The Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods, including those of Bedouin communities, is devastating Palestinian families and communities in East Jerusalem and the 60 per cent of the West Bank controlled by Israel, known as Area C.

So far in 2011, more than half – 810 – of those affected by displacements were children. In 2010, more than 10 per cent of people displaced by demolitions in East Jerusalem and Area C were refugees registered with UNRWA. UNRWA seeks to protect refugees and monitors violations of international law and advocates for the protection of Palestine refugees’ rights. The Agency also provides emergency assistance to victims of house demolitions, evictions, and refugees whose property is damaged as a result of conflict.

To support these communities, the Agency, in collaboration with the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, ECHO, organised two summer camps in Wadi Abu Hindi and Khan Al Ahmar, in which more than 120 children participated.

The closing ceremony was attended by David Hutton, acting deputy director of operations, representatives from the Italian Cooperation, the French Cooperation, Vento di Terra and others.

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Ilona Kassissieh
Public Information Officer
Orange: 054 216 8717
Office: 02 589 0408

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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