Kuwait Red Crescent donates $277,000 for Gaza refugee families

09 March 2010

9 March 2010

Amman

The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has donated $277,000 in response to UNRWA’s 2010 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPT) launched in January of this year. Under the direction of the President of the KRCS, Mr. Barges Hamoud Al Barges, the generous donation is to be distributed as cash assistance for woman-headed families in Gaza whose homes were destroyed by the most recent Israeli assault.

On the occasion of this munificent gesture, Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi applauded the KRCS for its initiative to help UNRWA address the humanitarian crisis in the oPt: “We are deeply appreciative of the Kuwait Red Crescent’s generous donation to assist families in the Gaza Strip who continue to live in debilitating conditions more than a year after the attack on Gaza. Over the last year our partnership with KCRS has developed into one of the most important regional partnerships which UNRWA has, and we are very grateful for that.”

In 2009, the Kuwait Red Crescent embarked upon a new partnership with UNRWA. Aimed at helping to address the dire needs of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, the KRC contributions for UNRWA relief efforts in Gaza amounted to almost $2.4 million in 2009. This is the first KRCS donation received in 2010.

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 and deepening poverty. 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.

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