Qatar Contributes US$ 1.5 million to support Gaza food aid

21 June 2020
An UNRWA food distribution for Palestine refugees in Gaza during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an attempt to maintain a high level of safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Agency carried out distribution of food aid through home deliveries. ©️ 2020 UNRWA Photo by Khalil Adwan

Today, Qatar Charity signed a contribution agreement for US$ 1.5 million with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s food assistance programme in Gaza.

This generous contribution will enable UNRWA to continue providing food assistance critical to Palestine refugees in Gaza. The Agency currently provides some 1 million Palestine refugees in the besieged Strip with food assistance and reflects Qatar’s commitment to supporting vital and life-saving services provided by UNRWA. 

Marc Lassouaoui, UNRWA Chief of Donor Relations said: “On behalf of the Agency, I would like to thank Qatar Charity and the Government of the State of Qatar for the generosity and continuous support towards UNRWA and the Palestine refugees. Qatar has increased its annual contribution to the Agency in past years including through its humanitarian organizations.”

This contribution bolsters UNRWA’s efforts to support refugee families during the COVID-19 pandemic, further boosting the Agency’s comprehensive COVID-19 response, which includes home delivery of food aid and medication to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

UNRWA provides life-saving services to some 5.6 million Palestine refugees registered with the Agency across its five fields of operation, including Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Its services include education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

 

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 5.6 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:

Sami Mshasha
Director of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)258 90724
Tamara Alrifai
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+962 (0)79 090 0140