Human Appeal International Supports UNRWA

09 January 2014

Human Appeal International (HAI) provided the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) with 254 vouchers to buy winter clothes from Daraghmeh Stores. The vouchers, worth US$ 24 each, were distributed to Syrian and Palestinian children who, having fled the conflict in Syria, are currently attending UNRWA schools in Baqa’a and Marka camps, near Amman. 

The number of Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan has now reached 11,000, about half of them being children. As of 1 December 2013, a total of 1,810 students – 762 Palestinians from Syria and another 1,048 Syrians – were enrolled at UNRWA schools.

Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, welcomed this contribution, saying: "This donation highlights the fact that UNRWA is hosting over 1,000 Syrian children in its schools in Jordan, showing how UNRWA is sharing the burden with Jordan.  We are grateful to HAI, for all its contributions to Syrian as well as Palestine refugees over the last few months, and we are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with them.” 

HAI  - an NGO based in Ajman, in the United Arab Emirates - and UNRWA launched their first joint project in 2012, to build  nine additional classrooms at a school in Gaza City. In 2013, HAI donated electric fans and hygiene kits to hundreds of Palestine refugee families from Syria, currently in Jordan. HAI and UNRWA formalized their cooperation through a memorandum of understanding signed in October 2013.

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.

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