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Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
2 October 2013


HUMAN APPEAL INTERNATIONAL HELPS PALESTINIAN REFUGEES FROM SYRIA IN JORDAN

Human Appeal International, an Emirati NGO based in the Emirate of Ajman, and UNRWA have signed an agreement covering provision of in-kind assistance for Palestine refugees who have fled from Syria to Jordan.

The first donation under this agreement consists in hygiene kits for approximately 450 Syrian and Palestinian refugees, currently in Cyber City. Hygiene kits provide essential items such as cleansers, shaving materials and diapers. The value of the contribution is $50,000.

The number of Palestinian refugees who came from Syria to Jordan has now reached 9,105. The donation comes in response to UNRWA’s second appeal for Syria, launched on 7 June and which requests assistance in the form of food, cash, household items and hygiene items in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, covering the period from July to December 2013.

Welcoming this contribution, Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said “ HAI are doing a wonderful thing supporting in this way Palestinian refugees who are now refugees twice over. UNRWA is delighted to continue its association with this eminent UAE charity.”

Human Appeal International and UNRWA launched their first joint project in Gaza in 2012. Under the project, nine additional classrooms were constructed at a school in Gaza City. HAI also donated electric fans to hundreds of Palestinian families coming from Syria to Jordan in June 2013, distributed in Qeryat al Tayyibat / Wehdat Camp in Amman.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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 5 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.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
UNRWA Spokesperson
Mobile:
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office:
+972 (0)2 589 0267
c.gunness@unrwa.org
Sami Mshasha
UNRWA Arabic Spokesperson
Mobile:
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office:
+972 (0)2 589 0724
s.mshasha@unrwa.org


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