Bahrain donates USD 50,000 to UNRWA for education, health, and relief

14 February 2012

13 February 2012
Amman, Jordan

The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain has contributed USD 50,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The contribution will help UNRWA to deliver critical health, education, and humanitarian programmes for five million Palestine refugees in the region, through 700 schools, 137 primary health centres, and cash and food support for nearly 290,000 of the poorest refugees.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a regular contributor to the Agency, having contributed USD 495,000 to the Agency’s core programmes since 2000. In addition, the Royal Charity Organisation of Bahrain is funding a library, health centre, and a school for Palestine refugees living in Gaza. The library and health centre are nearing completion, while Al Manama School is scheduled to open its doors to new students for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year.

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, 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 and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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