UAE Red Crescent provides sheep for Gaza families during Eid el Adha

25 October 2012

Amman, Jordan

The United Arab Emirates Red Crescent (UAERC) has generously donated USD 54,451 towards the distribution of sheep for poor families in Gaza during the Muslim feast of Eid el Adha.

The contribution from the UAERC will be used to provide 426 families (4,699 people), representing the poorest refugee families and classified as abject poor families, with a sheep. This will notably ease the burden on impoverished parents who suffer arduous social pressures to meet the demands of the Eid El-Adha traditional feast, and will help children to enjoy the celebrations.

Welcoming the contribution, Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “Once again, the Red Crescent and the people of the UAE confirm their strong support for the people of Gaza.

"On behalf of UNRWA and the refugees of Gaza, I express my deep gratitude”.

The UAERC is a regular supporter of Palestine refugees through UNRWA. Over the last five years, the UAERC has contributed over five million dollars for food aid. The UAERC also supports the Agency’s shelter reconstruction projects, having contributed funds for rebuilding in Lebanon, Gaza, and Syria.

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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