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Baitussalam Welfare Trust Contributes to UNRWA Appeal for Gaza
The non-profit relief and development organization Baitussalam Welfare Trust (BWT) provided food assistance to more than 2,200 food-insecure Palestine refugees in Gaza through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The contribution - the first of its kind from the Pakistan-based organization - aims to mitigate the severity of food insecurity in Palestine refugee households in the besieged Gaza Strip.
UNRWA considers food assistance a vital element of social safety and stability for Palestine refugees living in Gaza. UNRWA emergency in-kind food assistance provides a critical humanitarian lifeline to Palestine refugees who depend on it to meet their most basic food security needs.
UNRWA provides some 1.2 million Palestine refugees in Gaza with their basic food requirements. Accounting for almost two-thirds of Gaza’s total population, this community lives on less than US$ 1.74 per person per day. Repeated cycles of violence and economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the socio-economic impact of fourteen years of blockade, fueling rising unemployment and insecurity among thousands of Palestine refugee families. In 2021, UNRWA will distribute in-kind food parcels to more than 1.2 million refugees.
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 5.7 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem 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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