Islamic Relief Canada

A nurse is examining a girl during one of the UNRWA mobile clinic visits in the West Bank. © 2011 UNRWA Photo by Maya Levin
A nurse is examining a girl during one of the UNRWA mobile clinic visits in the West Bank. © 2011 UNRWA Photo by Maya Levin

Since 2014, UNRWA and Islamic Relief Canada have partnered to assist thousands of students and vulnerable families in the Gaza Strip.

Islamic Relief Canada joined the Agency’s growing list of partners working to provide emergency assistance. Most recently, in February 2016, Islamic Relief Canada and UNRWA renewed the partnership to help decrease nutrient deficiency in Gaza, where 5 out of 10 children are anaemic due to the worsening socioeconomic situation and food insecurity. Through the partnership, Islamic Relief Canada will support 13,600 Palestine refugee children in Gaza suffering from anaemia to receive a new type of iron supplement. As part of the agreement,150 nurses  will be trained in the treatment and prevention of anaemia and 20 recent medical graduates will receive work opportunities in UNRWA health centres.   

Islamic Relief Canada and UNRWA also partnered to provide emergency assistance to persons affected by the summer 2014 hostilities in Gaza. In the wake of the conflict, Islamic Relief Canada has helped UNRWA deliver food assistance to displaced refugees and provide special education and psychological support to some of the estimated 853 UNRWA students who were injured in the Gaza hostilities.

Impact of Islamic Relief Canada’s Partnership with UNRWA

  • 137 Palestine refugees received short-term Cash-for-Work opportunities as teachers and coordinators.
  • Three libraries were opened in Gaza and received 3,365 books related to the school curriculum.
  • 13,600 Palestine refugee children will receive a new high-quality iron supplement for three months.

Read more about Islamic Relief Canada’s project ‘Supporting Students in Gaza after the Summer 2014 Hostilities’