UNRWA partners with Muslim Charity to provide psycho-social support and help to families following war in Gaza

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 1:28 am.

Muslim Charity Helping The Needy and The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) have signed an agreement to provide psycho-social support to the war affected families and also much needed support to homeless people in the Gaza Strip. The USD 300,000 grant will help UNRWA to provide psycho-social support and shelter thousands of people amongst the 80,000 homeless families. Muslim Charity has worked with UNRWA to provide Non-Food item kits to 1,500 families when the recent war broke out in the Gaza Strip.

The Partnership Agreement was formally signed at a ceremony held in London. On this occasion, Muslim Charity also launched the “Help Gaza” campaign to strengthen its rebuilding efforts in Gaza. Gaza lies in ruins and tragedy, the civilian population has borne the brunt of the escalating violence. The current crisis is the worst Gaza has seen in decades, more than 100,000 people have had their homes destroyed. Hospitals, schools, shops and factories have all been badly damaged, and thousands have lost everything they owned. The Help Gaza campaign is multifaceted and aims at raising much needed funds for rebuilding lives of people in Gaza through providing support for renovation and repair of houses, psycho-social support, education and health services. The campaign also aims at helping families in their efforts to become self-reliant through providing income generation skills.

Muslim Charity’s Vice Chairman, Mr Bakhtyar Pirzada, commented, “Through continuing generous donations from benefactors and partners, we will make all the efforts to help in saving and rebuilding lives in Gaza. It is our aim to demonstrate our solidarity with the people of Gaza through UNRWA helping them to rebuild their homes. I am sure people in the United Kingdom will continue to generously donate towards helping families to repair or rebuild their homes in Gaza.”

“We are very grateful for the generous and timely donations received from Muslim Charity in support of UNRWA operation in Gaza” said Mr Lionello Boscardi from UNRWA, who added that “the emergency is not over yet, only this week extreme weather and flooding have forced hundreds of families in Gaza to evacuate their homes”.

The Regional Youth Ambassador of UNRWA was also present during the ceremony and spoke of the positive contributions being played by UNRWA for the people of Gaza.

The ceremony was held at the P21 Gallery in Central London and was attended by the volunteers, donors, partners and other stakeholders of Muslim Charity and its partner organisations.

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Photographs from the Partnership Agreement Ceremony held in London (29th November 2014)

Mr Bakhtyar Pirzada (Vice Chairman, Muslim Charity) and Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) shake hands following the signing of the Partnership Agreement between Muslim Charity and UNRWA.
Mr Bakhtyar Pirzada (Vice Chairman, Muslim Charity) and Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) shake hands following the signing of the Partnership Agreement between Muslim Charity and UNRWA.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) addresses the audience at the Partnership Agreement Ceremony in Central London.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) addresses the audience at the Partnership Agreement Ceremony in Central London.
Mr Maroof Pirzada (UK Director, Muslim Charity) speaking at the Partnership Agreement Ceremony held at the P21 Gallery in Central London.
Mr Maroof Pirzada (UK Director, Muslim Charity) speaking at the Partnership Agreement Ceremony held at the P21 Gallery in Central London.
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Mr Bakhtyar Pirzada (Vice Chairman, Muslim Charity) and Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) shake hands following the signing of the Partnership Agreement between Muslim Charity and UNRWA.
Mr Mohammed Assaf (Internationally acclaimed music artist and Regional Youth Ambassador, UNRWA) speaks to the audience on his experiences of the work of UNRWA in Gaza.
Mr Mohammed Assaf (Internationally acclaimed music artist and Regional Youth Ambassador, UNRWA) speaks to the audience on his experiences of the work of UNRWA in Gaza.
Some of the volunteers, donors, partners and other stakeholders of Muslim Charity present at the Partnership Agreement Ceremony held in Central London.
Some of the volunteers, donors, partners and other stakeholders of Muslim Charity present at the Partnership Agreement Ceremony held in Central London.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) speaks with Mr Bakhtyar Pirzada (Vice Chairman, Muslim Charity) during the Partnership Agreement Ceremony held at the P21 Gallery in Central London.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) speaks with Mr Bakhtyar Pirzada (Vice Chairman, Muslim Charity) during the Partnership Agreement Ceremony held at the P21 Gallery in Central London.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) speaks of the work being implemented in Gaza by UNRWA, and how the organisation is positioning itself as a partner organisation of choice to support Palestinians in need.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) speaks of the work being implemented in Gaza by UNRWA, and how the organisation is positioning itself as a partner of choice to support Palestinians in need.
Mr Mohammed Assad () being interviewed by media representatives present.
Mr Mohammed Assaf (Internationally acclaimed music artist and Regional Youth Ambassador, UNRWA) being interviewed by media representatives present.
Mr Irfan Rajput (Director of Programmes, Muslim Charity) speaking of harmonising collaborative efforts between organisations for the support of Palestinians in need.
Mr Irfan Rajput (Director of Programmes, Muslim Charity) speaking of harmonising collaborative efforts between organisations for the support of Palestinians in need.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) speaking to media representatives present.
Mr Lionello Boscardi (Chief of Partnerships Division, UNRWA) speaking to media representatives present.
Shaykh Faisal Boadi (Islam Channel) with Muslim Charity volunteer, Mr Mohammed Riaz (Newcastle), during the ceremony.
Shaykh Faisal Boadi (Islam Channel) with Muslim Charity volunteer, Mr Mohammed Rayaz (Newcastle), during the ceremony.