The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization supports the Palestinians in Gaza in cooperation with UNRWA

04 January 2009

The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization has announced yet another generous in-kind donation to UNRWA to help alleviate the suffering of the population of Gaza living under siege and intense fire since 27 December 2008.  Today is delivered a third ten-truck convoy, part of a larger 30-day campaign which aims at sending daily humanitarian assistance to needy people in the Gaza Strip. The donation includes basic food commodities, medicines and medical supplies, among other relief items.

Since the beginning of the Israeli operation in Gaza, the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization has worked closely with UNRWA and has been able to send more than 525 Tons of emergency relief commodities to help meet the most basic needs of the Gazan population, 70% of which are refugees under the care of UNRWA. “In these extremely difficult circumstances, the generosity of the Hashemite Charity Organization has helped to alleviate the sufferings of many Gazans affected by the unrelenting Israeli attacks” said Karen AbuZayd, the Commissioner-General.

UNRWA expresses its sincere thanks to the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization and to its Secretary General Mohammad Majed El-Itan for this most valuable and efficient cooperation and urges the donors’ community both regionally and internationally to provide urgent funding for its Gaza Flash Appeal. This appeal was issued on 31 December to cope with the disastrous humanitarian consequences of the Israeli military attacks on Gaza.

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
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0724

Gaza Emergency Donate Message 4
US$ 1080 FEEDS A FAMILY IN GAZA FOR A MONTH