Qatar donates further $20.7 million to Palestinians in Syria
The donation brings this year's total up to $40 million, to be spent on education and health services.
By DONNA RACHEL EDMUNDS
The Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have signed an agreement which will see Qatar contribute $20.7 million toward providing basic services to Palestinians in Syria.The amount brings the total contributed by the Qatar Fund up to $40m. this year, representing a 20% drop on last year’s total figure of $50m. The figure made Qatar one of the top ten donors last year, providing materials for 711 UNRWA schools, and reaching 530,000 students.The agreement was signed by QFFD director-general Khalifa bin Jassim al-Kuwari, and acting UNRWA commissioner-general Christian Saunders.“The State of Qatar and the Qatar Fund for Development are demonstrating once again their commitment to supporting Palestine refugees,” said Saunders. “This generous donation to the UNRWA operations and activities in Syria comes at a time of intense financial challenge for the Agency. We are truly grateful for this additional funding and look forward to further expanding the cooperation between UNRWA, the QFFD and the State of Qatar in 2020 and beyond.”This year’s funds will once again go toward education for Palestinians, in particular vocational and technical education and training. It will also fund basic health services for 445,000 Palestinians in Syria.Kuwari, said, “This agreement is an affirmation of the steadfast and firm position of the State of Qatar regarding the Palestinian issue and the State of Qatar’s special interest in the education and health sector, believing in their importance and their role in building a decent life for brothers in Palestine.He added: “Furthermore, the leadership of the State of Qatar has exerted significant efforts in development and humanitarian aid sectors in order to serve the Palestinian people in a sustainable manner. We support the pivotal role played by UNRWA and we are confident that UNRWA will use these resources in the optimally.”