Tkiyet Um Ali Moves Quickly for 75,000 Displaced Gazans

25 July 2014
Tkiyet Um Ali Moves Quickly for 75,000 Displaced Gazans


In response to an appeal from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA) for emergency food supplies to help Palestinians displaced by the escalating violence and conflict in Gaza, Jordanian NGO Tkiyet Um Ali (TUA) has donated 15,000 family rations, which will help UNRWA feed 75,000 people for thirteen days. The total value of the food assistance is JOD 592,000 (US$ 835,800).

On 23 July, the first tranche – 5,000 rations – left the TUA warehouse, and will be delivered to Gaza by the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization. The two remaining shipments will follow.

The rations include items of high nutritional value, including items that are not normally found in international food-assistance packages. Buying from the same suppliers it uses for domestic food assistance within Jordan, TUA was able to provide packages containing sugar, halva, canned tuna, cheese, beans, hummus, powdered milk, tea, biscuits, luncheon meat and flavoured instant drinks. Each ration provides 1,000 calories per person per day.

The pressure on food supplies within Gaza is growing exponentially as the violence continues. With over 140,000 displaced sheltering in UNRWA facilities as at 25 July, there is great need for continued support from the international community. However, even before the escalation of violence, years of blockade and restrictions on farming and fishing had rendered food insecurity a serious problem in the Gaza Strip.  

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 5.4 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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Sami Mshasha
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