Kuwait Red Crescent Feeds the Fasting During Ramadan

28 August 2010

28 August 2010
Amman

On the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has pledged US$69,000 to “feed the fasting” in the Gaza Strip upon the directive of the President of the KRCS, Mr Barges Al Barges.

Welcoming the donation, Peter Ford, Representative of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, said: “This generous donation will be utilised to provide the neediest refugees in Gaza with hot and nutritious meals for Iftaar. In Ramadan, UNRWA, with the generous support of partners such as the KRCS, aims to provide the most vulnerable refugees with additional nutritional support during this critical time.”

Earlier this year the Kuwait Red Crescent Society donated $277,000 to allow woman-headed families in the Gaza Strip to rehabilitate their shelters which were damaged during the Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008 - January 2009.

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For more information, please contact:

Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org
 

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 96.5 million. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, 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 and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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