The current US Administration has said no to helping Palestine refugees. But we won’t. Help fund UNRWA's work.
With the current US administration's abrupt decision in August 2018 to defund UNRWA (more than $300 millionin annual funding) the Agency faces an unprecedented crisis and millions of Palestine refugees could lose access to UNRWA services.
It's going to take all of us standing together to fund UNRWA's work so the Agency can continue serving Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
Impact of the funding crisis on UNRWA Programs
Health in Gaza + Great March of Return: In March 2019, UNRWA published a report on the devastating impact of the weekly demonstrations on the lives, livelihoods, and health of Palestine refugees and on the Agency’s services.
Education: See our Back to School campaign for the status of UNRWA schools and how to take action
Mental health: With the US funding cut, UNRWA was forced to downgrade its mental health counselors, who each serve over 1,000 students, from full-time (40 hours a week) to part-time (20 hours a week), leaving them with less than one minute per student each week. You can help provide a Palestine refugee a paycheck and a child a counselor who understands their needs by participating in the Gaza 5K.
Post a photo to your favorite social media platform, or better yet, change your profile photo so your followers know you proudly stand with Palestine refugees and UNRWA.
Tag your photo: #FundUNRWA
Here are other key ways to support UNRWA and the Palestine refugees it serves.
Create a personal fundraising page and start mobilizing the people you know to help fund UNRWA.
Connect us with individuals and organizations in your network who may have the means and aptitude to support at a higher level. During the 2014 Israeli military assault on Gaza, several mosques, churches, and synagogues generously stepped up to help UNRWA do more through various means.
Host something! Would you be interested in hosting a fundraiser of any size in support of UNRWA? If it’s large-scale, we could send an UNRWA representative to speak at the event.
Support our call to action by sharing our email appeals, graphics, Facebook posts, and tweets with your friends and family so they can join your efforts in supporting Palestine refugees and UNRWA's critical work.
Tweet at the US administration to #FundUNRWA. The White House needs to hear from us, and their staff will notice if you tag them.
Use #FundUNRWA when you tweet so our team can find your tweets.
Here are samples to guide you
Did you attend an UNRWA school, ever work for the Agency, or receive any of its services?