Germany, UNRWA sign $31.3m Agreements to support Refugees in Gaza, Lebanon

JERUSALEM, December 15, 2014 (WAFA) – Germany and UNRWA Monday signed two assistance agreements worth a total of 25 million euro ($31.3 million) to support Palestinian refugees in Gaza and Lebanon, and provide shelter, food and support reconstruction efforts.

The German Development Bank (KfW) provided 20 million euro ($25 million) on behalf of the Government of Germany to fund cash assistance for temporary shelter, repairs and reconstruction of homes in Gaza.

The project aims at assisting Palestinian families, who remain homeless even after the war ended four months ago, to move into transitional shelter until their home repairs have been completed.

According to the statement, “An additional 5 million euro ($6.3 million) is expected to provide assistance to the most vulnerable Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon through targeted cash assistance for food, shelter and winterization needs.”

This assistance is bound to assist UNRWA in the form of necessary improvements to its infrastructure and environmental health services. ‘The improvements will help maintain healthy environments in refugee camps and provide emergency collective shelter rehabilitation,’ said the statement.

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl expressed gratitude saying that UNRWA is ‘grateful for the longstanding cooperation with KfW to support the most vulnerable Palestine refugees through the REPAC programme. ‘

He highlighted the approaching challenges in particular the cold winter saying it makes improving the living conditions in Palestine refugee camps in Gaza and Lebanon a must.

The two new contributions are part of KfW’s support to the Regional Programme for the Improvement of Living Conditions of Palestinian Refugee Camps (REPAC).

Germany, through KfW, has now contributed $57.9 million to REPAC, stated the press release.

The Director of KfW’s Office in Ramallah/Al-Bireh, Thomas Eisenbach, said, “With this commitment from the German Government, some of the most vulnerable Palestinian refugees will be supported in very difficult times.

He conveyed trust in UNRWA to ‘professionally and quickly implement these programmes, so that the assistance reaches the people in need.”