JERUSALEM, Friday, December 9, 2022 (WAFA) – A German delegation from the German Representative Office in Ramallah has signed projects with the UN Relief and Works Agency for the Palestine refugees (UNRWA) totalling €31 million in support of core services for the Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.
Oliver Owcza, Head of the German Representative Office in Ramallah, said: “With three new funding agreements, Germany continues its solidarity with, and long-standing commitment to improving the living conditions, for Palestine refugees in the region, especially in the crisis affected contexts of Lebanon and Gaza.”
During the visit, the delegation spoke with students, teachers, as well as Palestine refugees who have benefited from the delivery of these projects, including meeting refugee families whose lives have been transformed by their move from dilapidated shelters in overcrowded areas of Khan Younis Camp to nearby newly constructed multi-story buildings as part of camp improvement interventions.
UNRWA Director of Partnerships, Karim Amer, said, “We express our sincere gratitude to Germany for their continued strong partnership as exemplified by the level of support extended in 2022. These new agreements focus on supporting Palestine refugees with infrastructure projects, shelter rehabilitation and cash for work programmes across Gaza and Lebanon.”
“This brings tangible benefits to people’s lives and the well-being of vulnerable individuals in communities facing unprecedently difficult conditions. These agreements highlight the important, reliable and sustainable funding that Germany - a strong supporter of Palestine refugees - provides to UNRWA,” he added.