The US provides a second contribution to the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared camp and the relief of its people

20 July 2009

20 July 2009

The United States Government announced today a new donation of $30 million to the Nahr el-Bared camp project in North Lebanon. The announcement was made by US Ambassador, Michele Sison at a ceremony held at UNRWA Lebanon Field Office in Beirut.

The amount of $25 million will be allocated towards the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared camp and $5 million towards the Relief and Early Recovery Appeal (RERA), which allows UNRWA to continue providing essential humanitarian assistance to the displaced refugees until they can return to the reconstructed camp.

The US has always been a generous supporter of UNRWA and this particular donation will result in a significant improvement to the lives of Nahr el-Bared families. The $25 million earmarked for the reconstruction means that UNRWA now has enough funding to complete the construction of package 2 and two thirds of package 3 of Nahr el-Bared camp. Furthermore, thanks to the $5 million earmarked for the RERA, UNRWA will be able to continue to provide health, relief, housing and education services to the displaced refugees from Nahr el-Bared.

With this donation, the US will have contributed $71.8 million since the Nahr el-Bared crisis broke out in 2007. The US contributed $3.5 million to UN´s initial Flash Appeal, and was the first donor country to respond to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal for North Lebanon with a pledge of $10 million. In 2008 the US continued its support for Palestine refugees in Lebanon by donating to UNRWA $23.5 million to the Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared and $4.31 million to the RERA. In addition, the US has provided over $500,000 for the construction and equipping of a temporary health centre in the NBC adjacent area.

With this new donation, the US will have donated $186 million to the Agency as a whole in 2009, a most appreciated contribution.


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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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