Al Nahyan Foundation donates food supplies to the poor for Ramadan

05 August 2011

5 August 2011
West Bank

Children with breadUNRWA’s relief and social services programme has launched the first phase of distributing fresh meat to all 19 camps in the West Bank. Thanks to the Khalifa Ben Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, families living in difficult conditions will receive 2.5kg each. In total, 26 tons of fresh meat will be distributed over the four Fridays of Ramadan.

The project targets 10,000 poor refugee families, and approximately 55,000 individuals. The meat will be distributed through UNRWA’s partner organisations, including the community-based organisations and the women’s centres in the camps. The distribution will target special hardship cases identified by the Da’am programme and will also include feeding 450 orphans from the SOS children’s village in Bethlehem every week with 100kg of meat. The meat has been purchased from Palestinian farmers, with the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture.

Ilona Kassissieh, UNRWA public information officer, said: “We are grateful for this assistance from the Emirates during this difficult time, when many families are unable to meet their basic needs and have a wholesome meal.”

The project will also include 19 public iftars in the camps, 200 persons will be invited to each iftar, with priority given to children and the elderly.

For more information, please call:

Ilona Kassissieh
Public Information Officer
Orange: 054 216 8717
Office: 02 589 0408

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at more than US$ 106  million.

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