UNRWA summer camp lends helping hand to children in Wadi Abu Hindi

28 July 2011

27 July 2010
West Bank

The protection programme at UNRWA, in cooperation with Vento Di Terra, Inad Theater and the Cooperative Committee of the Jerusalem Bedouins, today concluded its ten-day children’s summer camps in Wadi Abu Hindi.

Forty children took part in the camp, which included activities such as drama, theatre and puppet making. The camp also included sports and recreational activities through specialised educators, trainers and community workers, in order to help the children express themselves, and release stress resulting from the threat of forced displacement.

The Israeli practice of demolishing homes, basic infrastructure and sources of livelihoods, including those of Bedouin communities, is devastating Palestinian families and communities in East Jerusalem and the 60 per cent of the West Bank controlled by Israel, known as Area C.

So far in 2011, more than half – 810 – of those affected by displacements were children. In 2010, more than 10 per cent of people displaced by demolitions in East Jerusalem and Area C were refugees registered with UNRWA. UNRWA seeks to protect refugees and monitors violations of international law and advocates for the protection of Palestine refugees’ rights. The Agency also provides emergency assistance to victims of house demolitions, evictions, and refugees whose property is damaged as a result of conflict.

To support these communities, the Agency, in collaboration with the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, ECHO, organised two summer camps in Wadi Abu Hindi and Khan Al Ahmar, in which more than 120 children participated.

The closing ceremony was attended by David Hutton, acting deputy director of operations, representatives from the Italian Cooperation, the French Cooperation, Vento di Terra and others.

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Ilona Kassissieh
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Office: 02 589 0408

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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