Kuwait Red Crescent Society donates $261,966 and 14 truckloads of food assistance to Gaza

24 August 2009

24 August 2009


With the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has donated $261,966 to UNRWA to finance several bakeries across the Gaza Strip in order to distribute free bread to Palestine refugee families.

The project, which commenced at full speed yesterday, was welcomed by both Palestine refugees and UNRWA officials. Packages of bread bearing the name and logo of the KRCS were doled out to recipients at numerous distribution points set up across the Strip. These packages will continue to be distributed during the entire month of Ramadan.

Last week, the KRCS also delivered 14 trucks carrying 300 tonnes of food assistance intended for needy refugee families in Gaza to the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO) in Amman. The trucks carrying 10,000 food parcels arrived at the JHCO headquarters on 19 August. The Kuwaiti Ambassador to Jordan, Sheikh Faisal al-Hamoud al-Malak al-Sabah ceremonially presented the 14 truck loads to Representative of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Peter Ford, who thanked the KRCS for their kind and generous contribution. The in-kind food donation is expected to arrive in Gaza this week. 

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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