Washington, DC, October 25, 2023 – The ongoing crisis in the Gaza Strip has taken a devastating toll on the lives of civilians where fuel, food, water, medicine, safe shelter, electricity, and other basic necessities for survival are unavailable or running low. The immediate emergency response requires all aid organizations to coordinate their efforts in order to maximize resources. It is in this background that UMR today signed an agreement with UNRWA USA to support the to humanitarian appeal in Gaza released on October 19, 2023 by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).
UMR has been actively participating in the humanitarian appeals and response to address the desperate and unbearable situation faced by civilians in the Gaza crisis. UMR has joined forces and will support UNRWA’s overarching appeal, which aims to raise $104 million USD for humanitarian response over the next 90 days. These funds are crucial in addressing the immediate needs of the affected population, first and foremost fuel, in addition to food, shelter, health services, medicine and electricity.
Amid the current situation, hundreds of thousands of displaced people are sheltering inside UNRWA schools and facilities where thousands of UNRWA staff, the majority of whom are refugees themselves, are delivering humanitarian assistance.
UMR’s appeals shall support UNRWA’s massive efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of individuals needing urgent shelter in Gaza, as well as many thousands more whose family, homes, and livelihoods have been disrupted.
“The humanitarian task in Gaza is enormous and overwhelming. Aid agencies need to work together to bring immediate relief as we plan for the long term rehabilitation of lives, family, and livelihood for the population. Our support for UNRWA I am sure will go a long way as they have been supporting the population for seven decades now,” commented Dr. Abed Ayoub, President and CEO, UMR.
United Mission for Relief & Development (UMR) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on providing disaster relief and recovery services to the underserved both domestically in the U.S. and internationally across the globe. For more info visit www.UMRelief.org
ABOUT UNRWA USA:
UNRWA USA National Committee (UNRWA USA) is an independent nonprofit organization that provides support for the humanitarian work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UNRWA USA lifts up the voices, experiences, and humanity of Palestine refugees to secure American support for resources essential to every human being, for the promise of a better life. US taxpayers are eligible for tax deductions for donations made through UNRWA USA. For more info visit unrwausa.org
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.
The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict. For more info visit www.unrwa.org