UNRWA to implement job creation program in Gaza 27Mar13 March 27, 2013

Ma’an News Agency    -   26 March 2013

187031_345x230GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 10,000 of the poorest refugees in Gaza will benefit from a job placement program set to be initiated in April, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said this week.

“Through this new system, an average six-member family will have the opportunity to nearly double their income over two years, as compared to the old cash assistance scheme”, Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, said.

Under the current system, in a 24 month period, a six-member family receives $480 in cash assistance. The same family will now be able to secure an income of up to $900 during the same period through the Job Creation Program, UNRWA said.

UNRWA “is forced to take hard decisions due to the increasing needs of Palestinian refugees,” Turner added, noting that education and healthcare were top priorities.


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