Alexandria, VA – Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA), which has long supported the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), is contributing $2.4 million to support 3,000 vulnerable Palestinian refugees in Gaza.
“We support UNRWA’s efforts to help alleviate the suffering experienced by so many refugees,” said Sharif Aly, CEO of Islamic Relief USA. “This agency has done invaluable work ensuring that the 525,000 Palestinian refugee children remain in school, health services serving three million refugees remain open and that close to two million refugees in Gaza, and Syria receive food assistance. Nonetheless, there remains a great need for humanitarian assistance and financial resources. The world community has a responsibility to help provide access to essential services to some of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.”
“At this time of dramatic crisis for Palestine refugees, we are incredibly grateful for this continued partnership with Islamic Relief USA for their support of the children and families of Gaza,” said Pierre Krahenbuhl, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General. “This partnership with Islamic Relief began in 2009 and the longevity of their assistance is a testament to the effectiveness of the services we continue to deliver every day to a population that is in dire need.”
The generous contribution from IRUSA will assist UNRWA in its efforts to help vulnerable children and families in Gaza to meet their basic needs. In recent days, violence in Gaza has claimed the lives of several individual. The New York Times, on Tuesday, reported that at least 58 people were killed and thousands were injured. It was the most violence in a single day in the Gaza Strip since 2014.
Syed M. Hassan
Islamic Relief USA, based in Alexandria, Va., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization. Its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves. Its programs benefit millions of people each year around the world, including in the United States.
Islamic Relief USA meets all of the Standards for Charity Accountability of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring group affiliated with the Better Business Bureau system. Islamic Relief USA is on the U.S. government’s Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charity list, and it is also a signatory to the code of conduct of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.