IIROSA Renews Support for Gaza Job Creation

06 March 2014


The International Islamic Relief Organization – Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) has signed an agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), worth US$ 1 million, to support the Agency’s Job Creation Programme (JCP) in the Gaza Strip.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Habhab, Director General of Programmes and Scholarships, on behalf of the IIROSA Secretary-General. The generous donation will make it possible for 210 university graduates to receive adequate training while holding temporary positions within Gaza universities, supporting the UNRWA education programme for nine months.

Welcoming the contribution, Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “This agreement will make hundreds of families in Gaza happy, because it creates jobs at a time when unemployment has exceeded 40 per cent. UNRWA is delighted to be renewing its cooperation with IIROSA, a valued partner in our task of supporting Palestinian refugees.” 

IIROSA, a charitable organization with headquarters in Jeddah, created in 1979 as an affiliate of the Muslim World League. IIROSA contributed US$ 1 million to UNWRA in 2008 for job creation in Gaza, allowing the Agency to generate over 1,000 short-term jobs.  IIROSA also funded the purchase of 50 generators during the conflict in Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009; most were given to schools. Earlier in 2014, IIROSA and UNRWA intensified their cooperation through a framework agreement. 

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

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