UNRWA Inaugurates Al Masri Road in Ein el-Sultan Camp

29 August 2017
© 2017 UNRWA Photo by Iyas Abu Rahmah

On Monday, 28 August 2017, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), together with the Camp Service Committee of Ein el- Sultan camp and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, inaugurated the Al Masri Road following completion of its rehabilitation.

The inauguration was attended by representatives of UNRWA, the camp popular committee, the Governorate of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, the Jericho municipality and the youth and women's centres in the camp. A representative from the Jericho police was also in attendance.

Al Masri road is one of the main roads in Ein el-Sultan camp and was in need of extensive repairs. Much of the road was not paved and lacked sidewalks. Further, many road-related traffic accidents have been reported in recent years. The road also lacked a suitable water drainage-system, a problem that is exacerbated during the winter months. 

The Al Masri Road rehabilitation process was implemented through the UNRWA Emergency Cash for Work programme (CfW), in cooperation with the Ein el-Sultan Camp service committee and the Ministry of Public Works and Housing.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, Kelly McBride praised the project, the work of the CfW programme and the distribution of roles between the different partners saying, “The project is a great example of collaboration between the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Ein el-Sultan Camp Services Committee, camp residents and UNRWA. Together we continue to make improvements in Ein el-Sultan camp.”

The CfW programme contracts 360 labourers from Ein el-Sultan camp on yearly basis. CfW labourers are refugees who face difficult economic conditions and are categorized as food insecure. Seventeen of them were directly involved in the implementation of this rehabilitation project.

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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