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United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) donates $50,000 for food assistance in Syria

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) donates $50,000 for food assistance in Syria

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WASHINGTON, DC | unrwausa.org | January 6, 2015-The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provided a US$ 50,000 grant to UNRWA through American Friends of UNRWA (UNRWA USA) in July 2014, contributing to the critical UNRWA food assistance program for Palestine refugees in Syria. With this funding, UNRWA was able to provide parcels containing 10 days of food for 922 families (over 3,600 individuals) trapped in the besieged area of Yarmouk, Damascus. 

UNRWA and UNRWA USA thank UMCOR for this grant. “As the need for emergency humanitarian aid in Syria continues to increase, we are grateful for the generous UMCOR donation, which helps vulnerable communities in Yarmouk. We look forward to continuing this partnership beyond the current crisis to ensure Palestine refugees in Syria continue to receive the support they need,” said Abby Smardon, Executive Director of UNRWA USA. 

After four years of conflict, the Palestine refugee community in Syria is extremely vulnerable. Of the 560,000 registered Palestine refugees in Syria, 280,000 have been internally displaced and 460,000 will require continued humanitarian assistance in 2015. The UNRWA food assistance program, alongside cash assistance, is a critical intervention that helps ensure Palestine refugees meet their daily minimum food needs and bolster their resilience. 

The situation for civilians trapped in Yarmouk remains extremely grave. More than 18,000 Palestine refugees have been trapped in the area for over a year and a half, with limited access to food, water, and medical supplies. UNRWA is deeply concerned about the desperate humanitarian situation and continues to appeal to all parties to do everything in their power to end the suffering of civilians. The Agency continues to seek from all sides conditions that enable UNRWA to offer a full range of humanitarian assistance and services inside Yarmouk on a continuous, substantial and safe basis. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON UMCOR

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States of America. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON AMERICAN FRIENDS OF UNRWA

UNRWA USA is an independent non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that provides support for UNRWA’s humanitarian work through advocacy, fundraising, and education. UNRWA USA aims to educate the general American public about the situation of Palestine refugees and generate support for UNRWA programs in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.

KinderUSA is Partnering with UNRWA USA to Provide $20,000 Worth of Emergency Non-Food Items to Those Displaced in Gaza

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WASHINGTON, DC | unrwausa.org | December 2, 2014- UNRWA USA is proud to announce its partnership with KinderUSA to provide $20,000 USD worth of emergency non-food items to those displaced by the ongoing violence in Gaza. This generous contribution has helped UNRWA to provide over 1,179 foam mattresses to hundreds of families displaced throughout the Gaza Strip. 

This summer’s hostilities in Gaza left the people of Gaza facing heartbreaking death, destruction, and displacement. At the height of the crisis, approximately 300,000 innocent civilians were forced to leave their homes and all that they owned, seeking safe shelter in UNRWA schools. As of December 2, UNRWA continues to shelter over 23,338 displaced persons in 18 schools. The Agency continues to provide daily meals as well as essential non-food items including mattresses, blankets, hygiene kits, diapers, and other personal supplies to those sheltered in its facilities. For families who have lost everything, the mattresses provided by KinderUSA gave them the ability to sleep in comfort, despite the unprecedented challenges. 

UNRWA USA and KinderUSA’s partnership reflects KinderUSA’s dedication to protecting and assisting the children of Gaza during this devastating time. The needs of displaced Gazans are vast, but with the support of KinderUSA, UNRWA will continue to provide non-food items to alleviate the immense suffering and help begin the healing and rebuilding process. 

Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, Chairwoman of KinderUSA said, “KinderUSA is grateful for the opportunity to partner with UNRWA toprovide assistance to the people of Gaza. Without the commitment and dedication of the UNRWA staff, the situation would be even more dire than it already is. We appreciate the support of the donors who made this effort possible.” 

“Knowing the massive need for emergency aid in Gaza, we are grateful to receive the committed support of KinderUSA. Thanks to Kinder, we were able to make a life-saving difference for Palestine refugees in Gaza, and we look forward to building upon this important partnership”, said Abby Smardon, Executive Director of UNRWA USA.