Ambassador of Italy to Lebanon, Nicoletta Bombardiere, and the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Dr. Dorothee Klaus, sign a one-year agreement for an additional contribution of EUR 2 million to Palestine Refugees in Lebanon. © 2023 UNRWA Photo
The Ambassador of Italy to Lebanon, Nicoletta Bombardiere, and the Director of United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Affairs in Lebanon, Dr. Dorothee Klaus, signed a one-year agreement for an additional contribution of EUR 2 million to support the most vulnerable Palestine Refugees in Lebanon, in particular persons with disabilities.
UNRWA said that this additional vital funding will enable the Agency to continue the provision of inclusive education services to Palestine Refugee children, in particular children with disabilities, whose dire situation and difficult access to services is further compounded by the socio-economic crisis hitting Lebanon since 2019.
The contribution will also strengthen the holistic UNRWA approach on disability inclusion through the provision of cash assistance and enhanced access to mobility and assistive devices.
“UNRWA welcomes all students within its own schools and acknowledges their diversity in ways of learning”, said Dr. Klaus. “It is committed to removing obstacles to the effective inclusion of students with disabilities. With this grant from the Italian government, UNRWA will be able to better identify children with disabilities and provide them and our teachers with the necessary support to create an inclusive learning and teaching environment.”
Ambassador Bombardiere said: “Italy’s support to Lebanon has been constantly focusing on strengthening the resilience of the most vulnerable, in particular children and persons with disabilities. With this new contribution, Italy reaffirms its support to UNRWA’s work in providing crucial services for Palestine Refugees at risk, such as access to inclusive education, child protection and multipurpose cash assistance.”
The Director of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), Alessandra Piermattei, said: “We are glad to strengthen and renew the partnership between the Italian Cooperation and UNRWA with the objective to support the most vulnerable Palestine Refugees in Lebanon with adequate means and environment to learn, develop and become an active part of a more equitable society.”