The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization supports the Palestinians in Gaza in cooperation with UNRWA

04 January 2009

The Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization has announced yet another generous in-kind donation to UNRWA to help alleviate the suffering of the population of Gaza living under siege and intense fire since 27 December 2008.  Today is delivered a third ten-truck convoy, part of a larger 30-day campaign which aims at sending daily humanitarian assistance to needy people in the Gaza Strip. The donation includes basic food commodities, medicines and medical supplies, among other relief items.

Since the beginning of the Israeli operation in Gaza, the Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization has worked closely with UNRWA and has been able to send more than 525 Tons of emergency relief commodities to help meet the most basic needs of the Gazan population, 70% of which are refugees under the care of UNRWA. “In these extremely difficult circumstances, the generosity of the Hashemite Charity Organization has helped to alleviate the sufferings of many Gazans affected by the unrelenting Israeli attacks” said Karen AbuZayd, the Commissioner-General.

UNRWA expresses its sincere thanks to the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization and to its Secretary General Mohammad Majed El-Itan for this most valuable and efficient cooperation and urges the donors’ community both regionally and internationally to provide urgent funding for its Gaza Flash Appeal. This appeal was issued on 31 December to cope with the disastrous humanitarian consequences of the Israeli military attacks on Gaza.

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 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 and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.