Dubai Cares Backs UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza

DUBAI - For the first time since the end of Israel’s military assault on Gaza, Dubai Cares and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) delivered 18,055 hygiene and 12,300 school kits to
Palestinian children.

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Published: Mon 23 Mar 2009, 1:10 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 8:31 PM

The aid provided by the UAE charity was distributed by UNRWA personnel to thechildren as part of the UN agency’s summer learning programme.

The hygiene kits, composed of toilet paper, clothes cleaners, baby shampoos, tooth brushes, tooth pastes, combs, towels and soaps, benefited displaced families. The school and hygiene kits are part of a total of 100,000 kits provided to Palestinian children by the UAE-based charitable establishment. Chairperson of Dubai Cares, Reem Al Hashimy said, “Dubai Cares appreciates UNRWA’s assistance in delivering the much needed aid to

Palestinian school kids in Gaza.” UNRWA Commissioner-General, Karen Koning Abuzayd, said the aid was timely as UNRWA is preparingfor the reconstructionof Gaza.

In addition to the kits, Dubai Cares providedthe Gaza strip with modular schools, an innovative approach which allows a swift response to an emergency need of education premises.

In just 22 days, more than 1,300 people were killed and over 5,000 injured in the fighting in Gaza, one of the most densely populated places in the world.

According to UN estimates, Palestinian children account for approximately oneout of every threepersons killed.

Considered to be the world s largest NGO dedicated to primary education, Dubai Cares is committed to improving children s access to primary education in developing nations.

It’s emergency interventions which to date include interventions in Chad, Myanmar and Ethiopia — stem from its philosophy that guaranteeing the continuity of children’s education is as important as ensuring their physical well being.

UNRWA and Dubai Cares have cooperated in Lebanon, where Dubai Cares funded the education component of the UN agency’s emergency appeal in 2007 following the destruction of the Nahr Al Bared camp, and in Jordan where a primary school is being reconstructed with Dubai Cares funding.

In total, Dubai Cares has so far donated over $2.8 million to UNRWA for benefit of the Palestine refugees.

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