UNRWA launches annual winter fundraising campaign, #shareyourwarmth

01 December 2015
#shareyourwarmth © 2015 UNRWA

UNRWA launched its annual winter fundraising campaign titled #shareyourwarmth today to support the Agency’s winterization efforts for Palestine refugees in Syria, Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan. The campaign, which runs from 1 December to the end of February 2016, aims to raise awareness of the dire humanitarian situation of vulnerable Palestine refugees during the winter season – particularly the families who have lost their homes or have been displaced due to conflict – and to raise US$ 2 million to help them endure the coming months.

“Palestine refugees face great uncertainty, with many of them lacking adequate shelter and struggling to meet their minimum food needs. These realities will only become more unbearable as they brace themselves for the harsh winter conditions,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl. “Palestine refugees demonstrate remarkable courage and generosity in the face of such adversities, such as the family in Gaza who opens their door to those lacking shelter or the humanitarian worker who faces great personal risks to deliver life-saving services in Syria. But they cannot do this alone. Today, we call upon the international community to demonstrate their solidarity with Palestine refugees and support this year’s #shareyourwarmth campaign to help ensure that no one is left out in the cold.”

The campaign features a short video which shows two families – one surrounded by conflict and the other in the warmth of their home – come together to exchange gifts, emphasizing the culture of sharing present in Palestine refugee communities. The video can be viewed here.

Donations to the campaign, which can be made at www.unrwa.org/donate, will directly support the Agency’s winterization efforts, including shelter repairs and the provision of food and cash assistance to vulnerable Palestine refugee families. UNRWA also invites supporters and partners to join the campaign by promoting #shareyourwarmth on their social media networks and websites.

UNRWA would like to thank our partners who have already pledged contributions for this year’s campaign, including “MBC Hope / Al-Amal” the CSR arm of “MBC Group”, Islamic Relief USA, Muslim Charity, Weltweiter Einsatz Für Arme (WEFA), and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) .

To learn more, please visit www.unrwa.org/shareyourwarmth.

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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