Valladolid Regional Government supports UNRWA's Syria humanitarian response plan

06 June 2013
5 June 2013 
Madrid
 
Valladolid Regional Government has contributed to UNRWA’s Syria Humanitarian Response Plan, which provides urgent humanitarian assistance to up to 420,000 Palestine refugees affected by unrest in Syria, including those who have fled to Jordan and Lebanon.
 
Valladolid’s grant of EUR 30,000 will contribute to the non-food items budget through the distribution of basic food items for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in critical need. 
 
Baby kits will also be provided to approximately 320 families with children under three to help guarantee the survival of the most vulnerable children living in Palestine refugee camps during the conflict.
 
UNRWA has assisted Palestine refugees in Syria for over six decades. Since the start of the current conflict, it has provided additional humanitarian assistance through its Humanitarian Response Plan, which includes cash assistance, non-food items, emergency health and emergency education in Syria. It also aims to assist some 6,700 Palestine refugees who have sought refuge in Jordan and some other 56,500 seeking refugee in Lebanon.
 
The Government of Valladolid’s contribution will support UNRWA in responding to the emergency in Syria. 
 
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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, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
 
UNRWA Spain works to support UNRWA’s humanitarian programmes and to raise awareness within Spanish society of the situation facing Palestine refugees.
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Cristina Poveda
 
Communication and Marketing
 
UNRWA Spanish Committee
 
Cristina Poveda y María González Tel. (+34) 91 702 70 59 / 638 87 95 61

 

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.

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