BAHRAIN STANDS WITH GAZA
12 August 2014
The Commissioner General of UNRWA, Pierre Krähenbühl, said: “With this generous donation to UNRWA's Flash Appeal, Bahrain once again stands at the forefront of support to Gaza. These funds will allow not only to provide urgently needed relief to the population in Gaza, but will also support a longer-term reconstruction program. The scale of destruction of civilian infrastructure is extensive, with many thousands having no homes to return to. I wish to sincerely thank the government of Bahrain for its solidarity at this most challenging time."
After the 2008-2009 conflict Bahrain provided approximately $5 million for the construction of a new school, health centre and library. .Specific projects which will funded by the RCO donation will be confirmed as soon as more detailed needs assessments in Gaza are possible.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.
Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 68 million.
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