URGENT APPEAL TO HELP THE POOREST OF THE POOR IN GAZA
UNRWA’s emergency operations in Gaza are facing a critical situation, whereby insufficient funds have led to a reduction in key humanitarian interventions. In June 2011, UNRWA cut the number of Job Creation Programme (JCP) contracts by 30 percent, reducing the number of average rolling contracts from 10,000 to 6,500 per month, suspended all its activities that supported the agriculture, fishing and health sectors, and decreased the number of temporary contractors serving UNRWA installations by 30 percent. As well, no back to school cash assistance (100 NIS per child to purchase school uniforms and supplies) will be distributed this year, which will affect more than 220,000 students. These cuts are taking place at a time when UNRWA, through improved targeting, is reducing the number of food aid beneficiaries by 120,000.