UAE Red Crescent provides food for Gaza during Ramadan

25 August 2009

25 August 2009


The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent is the first organization to respond to UNRWA’s Gaza Ramadan Appeal launched on 17 August. UNRWA is appealing for US$181 million to provide emergency services of food, shelter rehabilitation, job creation, psychosocial assistance, education and health.

The UAERC has announced two separate contributions:  US$100,000 in cash for the Agency to provide hot meals to poor refugees during Ramadan, and a major in-kind donation of food being sent from Egypt. The first trucks loaded with flour, sugar and rice are expected to cross into Gaza from Egypt in the coming days.

Filippo Grandi, UNRWA’s acting Commissioner-General, said: “I hope many more Arab donors will follow the example of the UAE Red Crescent. It is typical of them to be the first to respond. The UAE Red Crescent has contributed approximately US$51 million to UNRWA for projects and appeals since 2002.”

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. 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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