With winter looming, ECHO contributes €1.9 million for displaced Palestine refugees in Syria and Jordan

28 October 2014
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The EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) is donating €1.9 million ($2.4 million) to provide cash assistance to Palestine refugees in Syria and Jordan who have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

This donation will enable UNRWA to provide cash assistance of US$ 32 per month to 39,000 refugees in Syria, to cover their basic needs for two months.  The UNRWA cash assistance programme ensures essential assistance reaches the most vulnerable refugees: the elderly, female-headed households, disabled persons and more than 280,000 refugees who have been displaced within Syria.

As winter approaches, this monthly cash assistance will help refugees cover essential costs including food, shelter, health care, transport and heating. It also affords them personal dignity and choice in managing their own wellbeing.

“We welcome the generous donation by ECHO and appreciate the organization’s excellent record of consistent humanitarian support to Palestine refugees displaced by the devastating war in Syria,” said Michael Kingsley-Nyinah, Director of UNRWA in the Syrian Arab Republic.

In Jordan, UNRWA will use ECHO funding to provide one-off cash payments to Palestine refugee families facing sudden crises or emergency situations, such as eviction or the death of a family bread winner.

Headquartered in Brussels, ECHO is dedicated to preserving life, preventing and alleviating human suffering and safeguarding the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. ECHO humanitarian aid covers areas including food and nutrition, shelter, healthcare, water and sanitation.

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
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)258 90724
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