Turkey donates flour for poor refugees in Gaza

20 July 2011

20 July 2011

Flour distribution in GazaUNRWA has received a consignment of more than 6,000 tons of flour from the Republic of Turkey for refugees in Gaza. Distribution of the flour is currently underway and will help feed thousands of poor refugees in the Gaza Strip. This generous in-kind donation from Turkey comes at a critical time for UNRWA as the Agency is currently facing a worrying shortfall in funding for its essential food aid distribution to needy beneficiaries.

UNRWA distributes essential food commodities and cash subsidies to poor families in its five fields of operation in order to help alleviate poverty and hunger. Distribution of the Turkish contribution is expected to be completed over the coming month.

The Turkish government has been a steady supporter of UNRWA’s development and humanitarian work. Since 2000 Turkey has contributed almost US$ 9,000,000 to UNRWA programmes and projects. Moreover, UNRWA works in partnership with Turkish Red Crescent and a number of Turkish NGOs for the benefit of Palestine refugees.

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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 5.4 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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