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Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation Feeds Over 25,000 Gazans During Ramadan
The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation contributed, in cooperation with the Uited Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to the implementation of the Ramadan 'Feed the Fasting’ project in the Gaza Strip, for the fifth consecutive year.
Thanks to this generous contribution, over 25,000 Palestine refugees in Gaza received hot, protein-rich iftar meals during the holy month. Beneficiaries were selected from among the poorest families and persons with special needs. The hot meals were distributed through 20 community-based organizations throughout the Gaza Strip.
This contribution comes at a time in which the economic difficulties facing Gazans have increased as a result of not only the continuing blockade of Gaza but also the recent closure of many of the tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt.
Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation is one of UNRWA’s most supportive donors in the Gulf. In addition to regular food support for the neediest refugees in the West Bank and Gaza, the Foundation contributed to the Agency’s 'Adopt-a-School Initiative’, for the academic years 2010 and 2012, by adopting a school, named Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Elementary Boys School.”
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 5.4 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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