UNRWA Thanks Castilla y León for Support

27 March 2014

East Jerusalem

The Castilla y León Regional Government has donated EUR 50,000 (US$ 69,165) to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Syria Regional Crisis Response Plan. This contribution will help UNRWA acquire and distribute baby kits for Palestine refugees displaced in Syria.

The ongoing conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011 and has now entered its fourth year, has had a devastating impact on the country’s Palestine refugee community. With more than half of the 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria displaced internally, along with tens of thousands now seeking safety in Lebanon and Jordan, the consequences are being felt across the region.

Young children are among the most vulnerable of refugees, with those under 1 year of age facing specific needs. With the support of Castilla y León, UNRWA aims to purchase approximately 650 baby kits, which include warm clothes and hygiene items suitable for children under 1 year of age whose families are sheltering in UNRWA facilities. As Palestine refugees struggle with extremely difficult circumstances, these baby kits fulfil an important need. Baby kits are a priority among non-food items, as they help displaced families care and provide for their youngest members.

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$ 56 million.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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