WAMY donates food for poor refugees in Gaza

12 October 2011

12 October 2011

UNRWA has received an in-kind contribution of canned meat for poor refugees in Gaza from the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY). The generous contribution of over 180,000 cans of corned beef, worth more than US$ 113,000 has recently arrived in Gaza where it will be distributed to poor refugees as part of the Agency’s emergency food assistance programme.

Thanking WAMY for the donation, UNRWA Representative of the Commissioner-General Mr Peter Ford remarked: “WAMY’s generosity comes at an important time for the Agency as UNRWA is currently facing critical shortages in funds for food aid distribution to the most needy refugees. This gratefully received contribution from WAMY will go towards relieving the current burden on the Agency and the refugees.”

A Riyadh-based NGO, WAMY has previously cooperated with UNRWA in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territory, having funded several interventions in 2009 and 2010, including scholarships in Lebanon and cash assistance for poor refugees in Jerusalem.

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For more information please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0267

Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile: +972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: +972 (0)2 589 0724

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, deepening poverty and conflict. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, 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 solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

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