The International Islamic Charity Organization Contributes US$ 500,000 to Provide Emergency Cash Assistance to Palestine Refugees in Gaza

13 April 2022

The International Islamic Charity Organization IICO has contributed US$ 500,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide emergency cash assistance to Palestine refugees in Gaza.

This contribution will help to support Palestine refugee families meet their basic human needs of food, shelter and environmental health and have a decent standard of living and enjoy human rights. UNRWA will provide an estimated 11,126 Palestine refugees in Gaza with cash assistance to mitigate additional socio-economic hardship due to the on-going crisis.

 “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the International Islamic Charity Organization for their renewed support for Palestine refugee in Gaza,” said Tom White, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Gaza. “This contribution will allow UNRWA to help ensure a better and healthier life for Palestine refugee children in Gaza, in spite of the many challenges and poverty presented by the ongoing blockade.” He added: “The humanitarian needs are at an all-time high in the Gaza Strip where the population has been severely affected by the recent conflicts and also suffered the impact of coronavirus and related restrictions on top of the blockade.”

The UNRWA emergency in-kind food assistance programme provides food to over 1 million Palestine refugees, the distribution of which - after the halt of recent hostilities - has been accelerated in response to the overall emergency situation.

Background Information: 

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.

For more information, please contact:

Tamara Alrifai
UNRWA Spokesperson
+962 (0)79 090 0140