27 March 2014
Amjad Abu Laban, Chief Area Officer for the South, welcomed the delegation in the Aida boys’ school and told them about the conditions of the camp and the services UNRWA provides for Palestine refugees. Touring Aida, the Spanish students took photos and played catch with the young refugee boys. They learned about the security threats facing all camp residents, including children and youth, for whom they pose a risk to their education.
At the Lajea Centre, the Spanish students met young Palestine refugees and listened to their stories about daily life, their challenges and their dreams. On their way home, the students stopped at the gate of the camp to take a picture with their companions, a reminder of the kinship between students and young people all over the world.
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$ 68.2 million.
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