25 August 2009
The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent is the first organization to respond to UNRWA’s Gaza Ramadan Appeal launched on 17 August. UNRWA is appealing for US$181 million to provide emergency services of food, shelter rehabilitation, job creation, psychosocial assistance, education and health.
The UAERC has announced two separate contributions: US$100,000 in cash for the Agency to provide hot meals to poor refugees during Ramadan, and a major in-kind donation of food being sent from Egypt. The first trucks loaded with flour, sugar and rice are expected to cross into Gaza from Egypt in the coming days.
Filippo Grandi, UNRWA’s acting Commissioner-General, said: “I hope many more Arab donors will follow the example of the UAE Red Crescent. It is typical of them to be the first to respond. The UAE Red Crescent has contributed approximately US$51 million to UNRWA for projects and appeals since 2002.”