Saudi Campaign Supports Food Assistance for Displaced Palestine Refugees in Jordan

29 August 2013
Saudi Campaign Supports Food Assistance for Displaced Palestine Refugees in Jordan

With the support of a generous contribution from the Saudi Campaign for the Relief of the Syrian People, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) was able to provide valuable support, during the month of Ramadan, to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) who had fled to Jordan.

The Saudi Campaign provided UNRWA with 1,950 food parcels, at a total cost of SAR 516,750 (US$ 138,000). The parcels, containing essential items such as oil, sugar and rice, were distributed in Amman and its outskirts, as well as in northern areas of Jordan, reaching over 7,000 Palestine refugees displaced from Syria.

Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “The Saudi Campaign for the Relief of the Syrian People has shown itself once again to be a true supporter of the Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan, coming forward to assist them during this special month. UNRWA and Palestine refugees are very grateful, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership for the benefit of refugees in the region.”

The Saudi Committee, and its various Campaigns for the Relief of the Palestinian People, is one of the Agency’s most important Arab partners, having contributed approximately US$ 30 million towards food assistance, medication and fuel for the benefit of Palestine refugees over the past few years. In addition to the Campaign’s support for Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan, the Committee highlighted its commitment to the most vulnerable Palestine refugees by donating US$ 2.5 million to help UNRWA provide food assistance to Palestine refugees in Gaza during Ramadan.

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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.

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