Castilla La Mancha supports UNRWA in Syria

07 November 2013

The regional government of Castilla La Mancha, in Spain, has provided valuable support to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in its efforts to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees affected by the conflict in Syria. 

With a donation of EUR 62,000 (US$ 84,000), Castilla La Mancha helped UNRWA provide hygiene articles to the most vulnerable members of the Palestine refugee community, including displaced children, women and elderly persons. 

The ongoing conflict in Syria has presented increasing challenges to the Agency and to the country’s 529,000 Palestine refugees, of whom some 420,000 are in need of assistance. Over half of the total have been displaced, some 235,000 within Syria itself and over 60,000 in neighbouring countries, particularly Lebanon and Jordan. 

As UNRWA works to assist Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS), including those who have been displaced from their homes, the Government of Castilla La Mancha has been an important and reliable partner in providing relief. Non-food items such as the hygiene kits also provide important support to the health of the Palestine refugee community.

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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