Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation provides relief to the poorest in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank

17 August 2010

16 August 2010

Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation provides relief to the poorest in Gaza, Jerusalem and the West BankOn the occasion of Ramadan, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation has funded two projects in Gaza and the West Bank to assist poor Palestinian refugees through the distribution of hot meals and meat. The projects will be implemented through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

In Gaza, UNRWA will distribute hot meals to approximately 90,000 people. The project will be implemented through the Agency’s community-based organisations (CBOs), which include nine women’s programme centres and six community rehabilitation centres as well as six youth activity centres. In total, approximately 30,000 meals for three persons each will be prepared and distributed to the poor at these CBOs. The Agency will also arrange to deliver food to those who cannot reach to the CBOs.

In the West Bank, thanks to the generous donation of the KBZF, UNRWA will purchase fresh meat for 12,710 vulnerable families who are unable to meet their minimum nutritional needs. Each family will each receive 2.5kg of locally purchased meat over the four Fridays of Ramadan through UNRWA’s partner network of CBOs in refugee camps. Priority will be given to orphans, the elderly, and to those who have lost their homes due to Israeli military operations or violent attacks by Israeli settler groups. In addition, a Children’s Charity in Bethlehem, SOS Kindergarten International, will receive 100kg of meat each week of Ramadan to support their work with poor and homeless orphans.

The Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation, one of UNRWA’s most consistent donors in the Gulf, has been partnering with the Agency for over three years, during which it has provided funding for several projects including the “Adopt a School” initiative, which assists UNRWA in its provision of education services in 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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