Human Appeal International helps Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Jordan

02 October 2013
Human Appeal International helps Palestinian Refugees from Syria in Jordan


Human Appeal International, an Emirati NGO based in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) have signed an agreement covering the provision of in-kind assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) who have fled to Jordan.

The first donation under this agreement consists of hygiene kits for approximately 450 refugees, including Palestine refugees and Syrians, currently in Cyber City. Hygiene kits provide essential items such as cleansers, shaving materials and diapers. The value of the contribution is US$ 50,000.

The number of Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan has now reached 9,105. The donation comes in response to the second UNRWA appeal for Syria, launched on 7 June 2013 and requesting assistance in the form of food, cash, household items and hygiene items in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, covering the period from July to December 2013.

Welcoming this contribution, Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “HAI is doing a wonderful thing by supporting Palestine refugees who are now refugees twice over. UNRWA is delighted to continue its association with this eminent UAE charity.”

Human Appeal International and UNRWA launched their first joint project in 2012, in the Gaza Strip. The project constructed nine additional classrooms at a school in Gaza City. HAI also donated electric fans to hundreds of PRS families in Jordan in June 2013, distributing them in Qeryat al Tayyibat and Amman New Camp.

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals. 

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

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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