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 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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