Humanity First makes third donation to UNRWA

07 March 2012

7 March 2012
New York, United States

The NGO Humanity First has donated USD 14,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which will be spent on the Agency‘s education programmes. Speaking at Humanity First‘s annual dinner in New York, the Director of UNRWA‘s New York office, Richard Wright, said he was deeply grateful for this particular contribution, which was largely derived from personal donations, highlighting the importance of all contributions and actions to help improve the lives of Palestine refugees.

This contribution of USD 14,000 complements earlier donations amounting to USD 30,000 made by the organisation to UNRWA in 2009, mainly in support of disaster relief in Gaza. Humanity First‘s slogan of “Restoring Communities, Building a Future” is consistent with UNRWA‘s fundamental goal. In providing relief, social services, health, and education to nearly five million refugees, and benefiting from a range of generous partnerships with donors and the NGO community, UNRWA strives to improve the lives of the community it serves.

Humanity First was established in 1994 to respond to humanitarian needs in various regions of the world. The organisation is driven by dedicated volunteers who represent the force behind their relief efforts. The volunteers travel to all areas of the world providing direct assistance to people in need. Fundamentally, the organisation‘s programmes are focused on restoring the dignity of people suffering from natural disaster, war, and poverty, while having a particular emphasis on health, medical assistance, and education.

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$ 69 million.

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