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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
24 October 2016


242 REFUGEE FAMILIES RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FROM UNRWA FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR WORKS

24 October 2016

UNRWA was able to disburse over US$ 1.7 million for reconstruction (over US$ 951,000) and severe repair works (over US$ 759,000). The funds reached a total of 242 refugee families across Gaza. They were able to access their assistance this week.

Emergency shelter – including support for home repairs, reconstruction and interim shelter solutions – is a top priority for UNRWA. The Agency remains committed to supporting affected families yet requires new funding to continue the shelter cash assistance programme.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org

Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Office:+972 (0)54 216 8295
Mobile: +972 (0)2 89 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org

Naja Sheikh Ahmad
Acting Puwblic Information Officer - Gaza Field Office
Mobile: +972 597 920 542
Office: +972 8 2887 488
n.sheikh-ahmad@unrwa.org


http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/242-refugee-families-receive-assistance-unrwa-reconstruction-and-repair


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