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European Commission contributes over EUR 11 million to relief for Palestine refugees through UNRWA
05 October 2012
Six million euros of the ECHO contribution will be spent on food aid in Gaza where more than 735,000 refugees are food-insecure or vulnerable to food insecurity. UNRWA’s emergency food aid in Gaza includes targeted distribution for the most vulnerable and supplementary school feeding in Agency schools.
Food aid has been at the core of UNRWA’s support for Palestine refugees displaced from Nahr el-Bared Camp in northern Lebanon since it was destroyed in 2007, and EUR 1 million of ECHO’s contribution will go towards supporting the approximately 26,000 affected people.
A total of EUR 215,000 of the ECHO contribution will be spent on UNRWA’s protection programmes in Lebanon to safeguard and advance the rights of Palestine refugees. In Lebanon, UNRWA protection programming focuses on economic rights including the right to work. In addition, EUR 750,000 will be spent on key protection areas in the West Bank, including forced displacement and the empowerment of communities at risk.
Two million euros of the latest ECHO funds will be spent on UNRWA’s job creation programme to relieve economic hardship for 26,000 refugee families in the West Bank. The funds will help to alleviate poverty and restore dignity while also contributing to community development and protection.
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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 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem 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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