UNRWA distributes Adahi meat to 2,085 refugee families in Gaza, thanks to generous support from Islamic Relief USA

14 September 2016
UNRWA distributed 695 live sheep to 2,085 Palestine refugee families in the Gaza Strip, through the “Supporting Poor Families during Al-Adha Eid” project, thanks to a generous contribution from Islamic Relief USA. ©UNRWA Gaza 2016. Photo by Tamer Hamam.

On 8 and 10 September, UNRWA distributed 695 live sheep to 2,085 Palestine refugee families, thanks to a generous contribution from Islamic Relief USA (IR USA) for the Muslim Al-Adha Eid celebration. The project was implemented in eight UNRWA Distribution Centres, and targeted abject poor beneficiaries (those household who live below US$ 1.74 per person per day) in Gaza, where one sheep can be shared between three refugee families.

Today, over 80 per cent of the population in Gaza relies on humanitarian assistance to be able to cover their basic needs, such as food, basic education, basic health care or shelter.

The blockade on Gaza, now in its tenth year, continues to cause severe socio-economic and psychosocial distress for too many people in Gaza. There is an overall decrease in the economic access to food in Gaza as a result of increased unemployment, high food prices and extreme volatility of the economy.

This project is part of UNRWA efforts to help mitigate the food insecurity among refugee families in Gaza and enable them to celebrate Eid at a time of increasing poverty levels in Gaza.

IR USA has generously contributed US$ 250,000 for the Al-Adahi project during Eid, and a total of US$ 12.6 million to Palestine refugees in Gaza through UNRWA since 2013.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Sami Mshasha
Director of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
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+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)258 90724
Najwa Sheikh Ahmad
Acting Public Information Officer - Gaza Field Office
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+972 597 920 542
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+972 8 2887 488