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 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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