The announcement was made at a launching ceremony, attended by the Head of Economic Cooperation and Development at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lebanon Dr. Hanan Abdul Rida, the Representative of the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee Lina Hamdan and the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon Ann Dismorr, in addition to a number of high ranking Lebanese and Palestinian officials.
The two projects—with a budget of around US$ 4.5 million—are part of the Regional Programme for the Improvement of the Living Conditions of Palestinian Refugees (REPAC), which was signed between Germany through its Federal Bank for Development (KFW) and UNRWA in May 2011.
“The REPAC programme will tremendously benefit the community in Rashidieh and address long awaited infrastructure and shelter rehabilitation needs," said Ann Dismorr, thanking the Government of Germany and the KFW for their continuous support to UNRWA. "The participatory approach is also encouraging and empowering for the community,” she added.
The shelter rehabilitation project will benefit at least 250 families, while the rehabilitation and upgrading of the water network will benefit all 30.000 camp residents. Both projects are to encourage self-help and utilize a participatory approach in formulation and implementation. To this end, a steering committee comprising the camp’s popular committee and members of the local community was formed.
Germany has contributed a total of US$ 53.9 million to UNRWA’s General Fund between 2007 and 2012, and US$ 12.9 million for UNRWA in Lebanon during the same period.