2007 News Story

Kingdom donates an additional $9 million to UNRWA project in Rafah

The Saudi Fund for Development has contributed an additional $9 million to a UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) project to house more than 3,500 Palestinian refugees in Rafah, UNRWA announced in a press release issued today.

The total Saudi contribution of $39 million will fund 752 housing units for Palestinian refugees in Rafah whose homes were demolished. The donation is also funding the construction of four schools, a health clinic, a community center and a mosque, which are 80 percent completed.

During a visit to the construction site in Rafah this past weekend, UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd welcomed the Saudi donation.

“I am delighted to see first hand, how these construction projects are giving hope and the dignity of work to so many refugees, I am very grateful to the Saudi Fund for Development for a donation that will help to replace despair with hope for thousands of families in this impoverished area,” she said, as quoted in the UNRWA press release.

The Saudi Fund for Development is also funding the construction of a school in Deir al-Balah through UNRWA.