Kuwait Red Crescent donates to poorest Gaza refugees

02 June 2011

2 June 2011

Food distribution in GazaThe Kuwait Red Crescent Society has generously donated US$ 250,000 towards meeting the needs of 4,700 abjectly poor Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip. The contribution will be used to purchase basic food items such as flour, sugar, rice, milk, and cooking oil under UNRWA’s social safety-net programme.

Welcoming the news, UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said: “This donation comes at an important time and will feed thousands of refugees, many of whom are still suffering the effects of continuing restrictions on imports and exports. Despite the recent and very welcome Egyptian relaxation of border controls, ordinary economic life in the Gaza Strip continues to be impeded due to years of closure and blockade and as a result many Gazan families must turn to UNRWA for food aid just to survive.

“This contribution from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society will help alleviate the suffering of these families, who are among the most vulnerable that UNRWA serves, and we are grateful to the Kuwait Red Crescent for its regular and generous support.”

The Kuwait Red Crescent is one of UNRWA’s most important regional partners, primarily funding interventions in food and cash assistance. In 2010 the Kuwait Red Crescent contributed almost US$ 350,000 towards UNRWA projects and emergency programmes.

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For further information please contact:

Peter Ford
Representative of UNRWA Commissioner-General
Office: 0096265808521

Sami Mshasha
Arabic Spokesperson
+972 542 168 295

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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