UNRWA

UNRWA

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.
The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.
UNRWA is unique in terms of its long-standing commitment to one group of refugees. It has contributed to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees, defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.” The descendants of Palestine refugee males, including legally adopted children, are also eligible for registration.
UNRWA services are available to all those living in its areas of operations who meet this definition, who are registered with the Agency and who need assistance. When the Agency began operations in 1950, it was responding to the needs of about 750,000 Palestine refugees. Today, some 5 million Palestine refugees are eligible for UNRWA services.

Project selected for Archmarathon: RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON


RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON

UNRWA

Photos courtesy of UNRWA

RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON

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Bir Hassan, Beirut (opp. Sports City), Beirut 1107 2060, Lebanon
www.unrwa.org
Category:
Mixed Tenure Housing and Buildings
Project selected:
RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON
Location:
Tripoli, Lebanon
Year:
2011

During 2007 clashes between the militant group Fatah Al-Islam and the Lebanese Armed Forces resulted in the destruction of Nahr el-Bared Camp (NBC) in Northern Lebanon.
The Vienna donor conference was held to mobilise funds for the reconstruction of the area: the aim of this project is to rebuild all of the former residences, commercial areas, UNRWA facilities, and infrastructure that existed in the camp prior to the crisis.
UNRWA has established the following objectives of the reconstruction process:
• The reconstruction of NBC, UNRWA Compound and of residential and non-residential units in the same neighborhood pattern as before, with common area improvements and infrastructural installations.
• The improvement of residential units from their previous formulation, allowing proper ventilation and open public space.
• The re-housing of all those Palestine refugee families who lived in the camp prior to its destruction in 2007.
• The reconstruction of the UNRWA Compound with its various services and installations at its former location adjacent to the sea.
To ensure that the reconstruction process included input from the local community, UNRWA enlisted the support of the Nahr el-Bared Reconstruction Commission for Civil Action and Studies (NBRC). After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with NBRC in mid-2008, NBRC volunteers and UNRWA architects began mapping every house as it existed in NBC prior to the conflict. This information became the basis of the reconstruction plan.