Qatar Charity inks $1.5m pact with UNRWA to

Qatar Charity inks $1.5m pact with UNRWA to support Gaza food aid

6/23/2020 | Media Center

Qatar Charity inks $1.5m pact with UNRWA to support Gaza food aid

Today, Qatar Charity signed a contribution agreement for US$ 1.5 million with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s food assistance programme in Gaza.

This generous contribution will enable UNRWA to continue providing food assistance to Palestine refugees in Gaza. The Agency currently provides some 1 million Palestine refugees in the besieged Strip with food assistance and reflects Qatar’s commitment to supporting vital and life-saving services provided by UNRWA. 

Marc Lassouaoui, UNRWA Chief of Donor Relations said: “On behalf of the Agency, I would like to thank the Government of the State of Qatar and Qatar Charity for the generosity and continuous support towards UNRWA. Qatar has increased its annual contribution to the Agency in past years through its humanitarian organizations.”

For his part, Director of the Relief and Partnerships Department in Qatar, Mr. Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, welcomed Qatar Charity’s partnership with UNRWA. "Qatar Charity is keen to strengthen its partnerships with the United Nations agencies and international organizations to reach the largest number of beneficiaries, especially those most in need,” said Al-Rumaihi.

He also noted that these partnerships with the United Nations organizations were strengthened, especially in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as Qatar Charity is keen to ease the suffering of the affected within the framework of its continued global efforts to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

This contribution bolsters UNRWA’s efforts to support refugee families during the COVID-19 pandemic, further boosting the Agency’s comprehensive COVID-19 response, which includes home delivery of food aid and medication to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

UNRWA provides life-saving services to some 5.6 million Palestine refugees registered with the Agency across its five fields of operation, including Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Its services include education, health care, Relief and Social Services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.