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United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
15 April 2007
UN-HABITAT launches Saudi-funded charity housing project in Palestine
Nairobi - The Saudi Committee for the Palestinian People Relief has disbursed US$ 6.3 million through UN-HABITAT to help provide housing and shelter for Palestinian widows and women living in poverty in the West Bank town of Al Khalil, also known as Hebron.
The funding provided by the King Abdalla Bin Abed Al Aziz City for Charity Housing, was announced earlier this month at a ceremony with Al Khalil Governor, Mr. Areef Al-Jabari, Palestinian Member of Parliament Mrs. Sahar Al Qawasmeh, the Mayor of Al Khalil, Mustafa Al-Natsheh, and other dignitaries at the project site in the city.
Work has started on the project, which will be executed by UN-HABITAT through its Special Human Settlements Programme for the Palestinian People on land that donated by the Al Khalil municipality.
The aim of the project is to improve the livelihood of the widowed and poor women in Al-Khalil through providing them with shelter. In addition to providing some 100 housing units, the initiative will also contribute to capacity building of national and local institutions, enhancement of local economic development, and poverty alleviation.