With the support of a generous contribution from the Saudi Campaign for the Relief of the Syrian People, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) was able to provide valuable support, during the month of Ramadan, to Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) who had fled to Jordan.
The Saudi Campaign provided UNRWA with 1,950 food parcels, at a total cost of SAR 516,750 (US$ 138,000). The parcels, containing essential items such as oil, sugar and rice, were distributed in Amman and its outskirts, as well as in northern areas of Jordan, reaching over 7,000 Palestine refugees displaced from Syria.
Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “The Saudi Campaign for the Relief of the Syrian People has shown itself once again to be a true supporter of the Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan, coming forward to assist them during this special month. UNRWA and Palestine refugees are very grateful, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership for the benefit of refugees in the region.”
The Saudi Committee, and its various Campaigns for the Relief of the Palestinian People, is one of the Agency’s most important Arab partners, having contributed approximately US$ 30 million towards food assistance, medication and fuel for the benefit of Palestine refugees over the past few years. In addition to the Campaign’s support for Palestine refugees from Syria in Jordan, the Committee highlighted its commitment to the most vulnerable Palestine refugees by donating US$ 2.5 million to help UNRWA provide food assistance to Palestine refugees in Gaza during Ramadan.
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UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some five million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.
Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 54.3 million.
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