Business Women’s Committee of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce gives SYP 3.3 million to Gaza children

09 September 2009

9 September 2009


The Business Women’s Committee today presented a cheque for SYP 3.3 million to UNRWA to support Palestine refugee children in Gaza. These funds were raised through a fashion show organised in cooperation with Turkish designer, Rabia yalçın.

Lisa Gilliam, Acting Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria expressed her appreciation to Mr. Ghassan Qalla‘, Head of Federation of Syrian Chambers of Commerce, and to Ms. Sonya Khanji, President of the Women’s Committee.

"I am very grateful to the Business Women’s Committee for this timely and generous gesture. The children of Gaza are in dire need of such support."

UNRWA has found that many children attend school on empty stomachs and without proper supplies. Therefore, the Committee’s donation will provide much-needed food and stationery to ensure children can function productively in school.

UNRWA is a humanitarian and human development agency providing education, health care, social services, micro-credit and emergency relief to over four million registered refugees living in Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic.

For further information, please contact:
Hala Mukhles
Office: 6133035 ext 314
Mobile: 0940888103

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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