The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said on Thursday it had received $4.6 million from Qatar to support the maintenance and rehabilitation efforts of 43 UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip.
The UN agency said in a statement late on Thursday: “With the generous donation of $4,612,022 from Al Fakhoura Foundation-Qatar; the Agency will perform maintenance and repair activities across 43 UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip to help ensure that Palestine students have a safe, comfortable and conducive learning environment.”
“During and after the summer hostilities of 2014, 91 of the 257 UNRWA schools served as designated emergency shelters across the Gaza Strip to absorb 290,000 internally displaced persons. These schools were not designed to perform as shelters, therefore, most of the schools that performed as shelters needed repair and construction works to resume their work as schools,” the statement added.
The donation will also provide the schools with generators, desks, laptops, students’ computers, water pumps and other school equipment.