The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for the Relief of the Palestinian People in Gaza contributes $2.5 million towards food assistance in Gaza for Ramadan

09 July 2013

8 July 2013
Amman

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for the Relief of the Palestinian People in Gaza has generously donated $2.5 million towards food distribution in Gaza starting from the month of Ramadan.
 
This contribution will enable families, from the absolute and abject poor, to receive essential basic foodstuffs (flour, rice, oil, sugar and powder milk). The total number of beneficiaries is expected to be 65,621 families (346,592 persons), during the month of Ramadan and the second round of annual distributions organized by UNRWA as part of its social safety net programme.
 
Mr Peter Ford, the Representative of UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, expressed gratitude to the Campaign stating: “this contribution illustrates once more the consistent support for refugees provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for the Relief of the Palestinian People in Gaza. It will help UNRWA to ease the burden of poverty under which thousands of refugees in Gaza are suffering all year round, and more specifically it will enable the refugees to participate in Ramadan celebrations.”.
 
The Saudi Committee and their various Campaigns for the Relief of the Palestinian People is one of the most important Arab partners of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip. During the last few years, the Campaign contributed approximately $30 million towards food assistance, medication and fuel for the benefit of the refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
 
The Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for the Relief of the Palestinian People in Gaza have funded since their creation numerous humanitarian, food, health, development, social and education projects, with a total value of more than one billion two hundred million Saudi Riyals (approximately $320 million), which have helped alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza, West Bank and outside. The Saudi Committees and Campaigns are still carrying out their humanitarian duty towards the most needy among Palestinian refugees.

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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 five 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 US$ 58.5 million.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org  
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org  

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 US$ 56 million.

For more information, please contact:

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