The campaign aims to mobilize donors around the world to support Palestine Refugees, especially those donors who wish to donate through the unique UNRWA Zakat programme. The Zakat programme assures donors that their contributions are distributed directly to Palestine Refugees within one year of collection. This is in line with zakat rules that require this mandatory charitable donation to be given by all adult Muslims within every Islamic year (also known as the lunar year).
Throughout the campaign, UNRWA will share first-hand testimonies from Palestine Refugees across digital platforms. Their stories amplify the refugees’ concerns, hopes, dreams and aspirations to live in dignity.
Palestine Refugees are living through yet another extremely difficult year amid multiple and often extraordinary challenges, the most recent of which is the devastating earthquake that struck northern Syria last month. They continue to be among the most vulnerable communities in the world, facing needs unparalleled in decades. Most Palestine Refugees now live in poverty, increasingly relying on humanitarian assistance from UNRWA for their sheer survival and, quite often, to bring food to the table.
“The blessed month of Ramadan has always been a time for contemplation of faith and a celebration of family,” said UNRWA Director of External Relations and Communications Tamara Alrifai. “In the last few years, with soaring poverty levels across the region, it has become increasingly difficult for Palestine Refugee families to make ends meet, let alone enjoy the special atmosphere and family meals during Ramadan.
We at UNRWA spare no effort to provide humanitarian assistance to all Palestine Refugees throughout the year. During the holy month of Ramadan, we particularly rely on the compassion of the greater community, especially those who wish to give to the refugees through their zakat so that no family, no child, needs to go hungry this month,” she added.