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 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.

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Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
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Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications & Arabic Language Spokesperson
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