Context: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is facing a severe financial crisis and is on the verge of collapse.
Reason for underfunding:
Chronic underfunding over the past decade has left UNRWA with a $75 million shortfall, jeopardizing its essential programs in the Middle East. It has faced chronic underfunding due to a lack of sustained financial support from the international community.
Established in 1949 (HQ: Amman, Jordan and Gaza, Palestinian Authority), UNRWA provides aid and services to nearly six million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. The agency relies heavily on voluntary contributions. The agency plays a vital role in providing education and hopes for the future to hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugee children.