U.S. Will Contribute $60 Million to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 18, 2010
UNRWA Elementary School in Rafah Refugee Camp

Secretary Clinton announced today that the United States will be making an additional contribution of $60.3 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support UNRWA's core budget and special projects in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.

The $60.3 million contribution will provide critical services, including health, to 4.7 million Palestinian refugees. Of this contribution, $5.7 million will support nine special projects, including reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools in Jordan, Syria, and the West Bank, an afterschool program for refugee children in Lebanon, and a referral system to help refugees facing gender-based violence.

UNRWA currently faces a shortfall of $161 million, including $91 million for core expenses such as salaries for teachers educating nearly 500,000 Palestinian refugee children across the region.

With this contribution, the U.S. will have provided more than $225 million to UNRWA in 2010, including $120 million to its General Fund, $75 million to its West Bank/Gaza emergency programs, $20 million to emergency programs in Lebanon, and $10 million for the construction of five new schools in Gaza.

The U.S. commitment to the welfare of the Palestinian people was further underscored by the President's June 9 announcement that the United States will move forward with $400 million to increase access to clean drinking water, create jobs, build schools, and address critical housing and infrastructure needs in the West Bank and Gaza. As UNRWA's largest bilateral donor, the U.S. recognizes the critical role UNRWA plays in assisting Palestinian refugees and maintaining regional stability and calls upon other donors to enhance their support for UNRWA.



Ekenyerengozi C.
June 19, 2010

Ekenyerengozi M.C. in Nigeria writes:

I was a refugee child in Biafra during the Nigerian civil war from 1967-1970 and my mother lost three of us in the refugee camps.
So I know what it feels like and I share the pains of all refugees in the world. But I have a word of hope for them, that no matter the sorrow of today, there is a brighter tomorrow for them. So let us save the refugees and give them hope that all is not lost.

United States
June 19, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

If there weren't so much corruption then all the children in Gaza would have laptops. I'd like to see more attention placed on tracking aid money to ensure that every dime, nickel and penny is going to improve people's lives and not growing in someone's bank account where it does little to improve a nation's chances of peace and prosperity. Our emphasis should be on effectively improving children's lives. That is where change and education is lasting and meaningful. Giving a child a new computer and quality education says to them that you are meaningful and we care about you.
The piecemeal approach to development is ineffective. We should be implementing change in a "shock and awe" American manner. Call out the Development Calvary. Let's get the job done!

Emmery C.
Illinois, USA
June 22, 2010

Emmery J. writes:

Date:Tuesday,June22rd 2010

Hi Hillary,

Don't forget to highlight something positive happening in either New York, Chicago, and Northwest Suburbs..Thank's

July 23, 2010

Maia in Denmark writes:

Security cleared laptops to children without an international diplomatic accepted nationality ? Thank You for trying to create some active civil liberty opportunities without usurping or unjust enrichment.


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