Saudi Campaign for Syria donates supplies to Palestine refugees in Jordan fleeing Syria

19 November 2012

19 November 2012
Amman, Jordan

The Saudi National Campaign for the Support of Brothers in Syria has donated emergency food and non-food items to 400 of the most vulnerable Palestine refugee families who have fled to neighbouring Jordan from the raging violence in Syria.

The very generous donation, composed of 400 boxes of food rations (including basic foodstuffs such as rice, sugar, flour, milk powder, and oil), 400 children’s kits (including baby milk and baby food), 400 hygiene kits, and 420 cartons of dates, were distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to the most vulnerable Palestine refugee families currently residing in Irbid, Zarka, South Amman and North Amman.

"This generous support from the Saudi National Campaign is highly appreciated", said Marta Colburn, Director of UNRWA Operations in Jordan. "I am certain that the beneficiaries receiving such essential items will be humbly thankful. This donation is coming at a very critical time with the recent fuel cost increase and the impact this will have on the cost of living, especially with the winter having arrived."

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.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
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Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
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