43 UNRWA SCHOOLS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH NEW ELECTRIC GENERATORS
30 May 2016
During the 2014 summer hostilities, 90 UNRWA schools were used as designated emergency shelters for displaced families who had to flee their homes. The intensive use of the schools as shelters caused accelerated degradation of the schools’ infrastructure and equipment. 31 of the schools where the new generators will be installed were used as shelters during the hostilities in 2014.
“The old generators at these schools were overused to provide power to the schools during education activities and during the 2014 summer hostilities, when schools were turned into designated collective shelters,” explained UNRWA Electronic Engineer Emad Abu Marasa.
The installation of these generators will enhance and support the educational environment for 44,377 Palestine refugee students in the 43 schools. It is part of the Agency’s efforts to provide all students with a safe, comfortable and conducive learning environment, where they can enjoy working electricity during their time at school.
The generators are expected to mitigate the impact of frequent power outages, which in April lasted up to 20 hours a day.
17 other generators will be kept in UNRWA warehouses on standby. These generators are part of the generous contribution of US$ 4,612,022 from Al Fakhoora Foundation – Qatar. With this support, UNRWA is doing important repair and maintenance work in 43 of its schools in the Gaza Strip.
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, projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 81 million. 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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