United Arab Emirates Red Crescent donates cash and food aid to Palestine refugees during Ramadan

01 September 2009

1 September 2009


The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority (UAERC) in cooperation with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Syria has donated food aid and SYP 312,000 in cash to UNRWA for distribution to needy Palestine refugee families in Damascus. The generous donation will target the poorest Palestine refugees including orphans and widows.

Lisa Gilliam, Acting Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria expressed her appreciation for the contribution. She said, "Such generous assistance from the UAERC is deeply appreciated. It reflects the spirit of Ramadan: charity, good deeds and helping others. It is another sign of the United Arab Emirates’ solidarity with Palestine refugees".

Seventy-eight families will receive SYP 4000 each and food baskets will be distributed to 600 special hardship case families. Each package includes: essential food stuffs, such as rice, sugar, sunflower oil, butter, packed cheese, macaroni, and noodles.

For further information, please contact:
Hala Mukhles
Office: 6133035 ext 314
Mobile: 0940888103

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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