UAE Red Crescent Authority donates US$500,000 to Syria thru UNRWA

UAE Red Crescent Authority donates US$500,000 to UNRWA to support Palestinian refugees in Syria April 2013 Amman, Jordan The UAE Red Crescent Authority has positively responded to UNRWA’s appeal to support conflict-affected Palestinian refugees caught up in the conflict in Syria. With a generous donation of US$ 500,000, UNRWA will provide food to approximately 40,561 Palestinian refugees (over 10,000 families) and hygiene kits to an estimated 3,915 vulnerable adults and babies. The … [Read more...]

Palestinian Women to launch the new documentary film, Ana Ahlam

UNRWA partnered with the Center for Resources for Gender Equality “Abaad” and the General Union of Palestinian Women to launch the new documentary film, Ana Ahlam, in a special ceremony held in Beirut on 4 April 2013. Addressing the audience – which included the Ambassadors of Switzerland and Mexico, the Iranian Cultural Attaché, in addition to nearly 180 activists and representatives of Palestinian civil society in Lebanon, and the film director and representatives from the production … [Read more...]

Woman of the Year & Man of Equality in Action celebrated in GAZA

UNRWA held its fourth annual awards ceremony to name the Woman of the Year and Man of Equality in Action 2013. Organized by the UNRWA Gaza Women’s Committee (UWGC), the event acknowledged colleagues for their commitment, dedication and important contribution to improve UNRWA’s work, strengthen services to Palestine refugees and promote gender equality in the Gaza Strip. “Equality" at UNRWA is crucial to the progressive development of our organization and will ensure the ongoing quality … [Read more...]

UNRWA combats anemia in Lebanon

In response to the high prevalence of iron deficiency anemia – the lack of red blood cells to provide oxygen throughout the body – among Palestine refugees in Lebanon, UNRWA routinely screens those with a high risk, including pregnant women and infants under a year, while providing iron supplements to anemic patients and infants from six months of age. Despite these mitigation measures, the prevalence of anemia remains high in this community. UNRWA responds Having assessed a low level of … [Read more...]

UNRWA, Syria midwife delivers baby in harsh conditions

Damascus The vibrant cry of a baby burst out from a small room in the Khan Eshieh refugee camp in southern Damascus. Forced to find refuge in a shelter housing another 15 people, Mayada Yahya gave birth in a small room with no privacy. The room has provided shelter to Mayada and her husband ever since they fled the fighting in Daraya, near Damascus, a few months ago. Little did she know that she would be delivering their child in this same room months later. Makeshift … [Read more...]

Young women leaders celebrated in Gaza

October 2011 Gaza Almost 200 young women in Gaza last week celebrated their graduation from an UNRWA programme that provides young female graduates with the skills needed by the labour market in Gaza – and helps prepare them to be leaders in their communities. The 172 participants were the first graduates of UNRWA’s Young Women Leaders Programme (YWLP), which the Gaza gender initiative launched in January 2011. With the unemployment rate in Gaza at unprecedented levels, particularly … [Read more...]

UNRWA – Ensuring Education for girls on WEST BANK

    Ensuring access to education for girls in the West Bank   Wafa'a Shihda is a 13-year-old student at UNRWA's Al-Aqrabania school. The school exemplifies UNRWA's efforts to ensure access to education for Palestine refugees living in the West Bank. Though the school in Al-Aqrabania is co-ed, it has been particularly important for girls living in the village and surrounding area. Social norms mean that girls face more constraints on their freedom of movement. This has been … [Read more...]

UNRWA – Children suffer due to 45% increased demolitions in 2010 in both East & West Banks.

  'Israeli demolitions traumatic for Palestinian children', says UN official     A senior United Nations official today condemned the demolition of two refugee homes in East Jerusalem, stressing in particular the trauma caused to Palestinian children forced to witness their homes being destroyed. "These condemnable acts have a devastating impact," Barbara Shenstone, the West Bank Field Director for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said in a news … [Read more...]

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