UNRWA launched its annual winter fundraising campaign titled #shareyourwarmth today to support the Agency’s winterization efforts for Palestine refugees in Syria, Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan.
According to UNRWA’s website, the campaign, which runs from 1 December to the end of February 2016, aims to raise awareness of the dire humanitarian situation of vulnerable Palestine refugees during the winter season – particularly the families who have lost their homes or have been displaced due to conflict – and to raise US$ 2 million to help them endure the coming months.
“Palestine refugees face great uncertainty, with many of them lacking adequate shelter and struggling to meet their minimum food needs. These realities will only become more unbearable as they brace themselves for the harsh winter conditions,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl.
“Palestine refugees demonstrate remarkable courage and generosity in the face of such adversities, such as the family in Gaza who opens their door to those lacking shelter or the humanitarian worker who faces great personal risks to deliver life-saving services in Syria. But they cannot do this alone. Today, we call upon the international community to demonstrate their solidarity with Palestine refugees and support this year’s #shareyourwarmth campaign to help ensure that no one is left out in the cold.”
Donations to the campaign, which can be made at www.unrwa.org/donate, will directly support the Agency’s winterization efforts, including shelter repairs and the provision of food and cash assistance to vulnerable Palestine refugee families.
As state by UNRWA, they also invites supporters and partners to join the campaign by promoting #shareyourwarmth on their social media networks and websites.
UNRWA mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.