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UNHCR and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Nouri Charitable Society sign two agreements to help refugees in Jordan

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Nouri Charitable Society today signed two new agreements aimed at helping refugees in Jordan. The first agreement is dedicated to supporting UNHCR’s cash assistance program, by channeling donations raised as part of the winter campaign organized by UNHCR in partnership with Sheikh Abdullah Nouri Charitable Society from November 2023 to February 2024. The second agreement focuses on supporting livelihood programs for refugees in Jordan.

UNHCR’s Representative to the State of Kuwait, Nisreen Rubaian, expressed her gratitude for the signing of these two agreements, saying: “This agreement reflects the strong partnership with Al-Nouri Charitable Society and reinforces the importance of cooperation with Kuwaiti charities, which constitute an extension and even a reflection of the Kuwaiti government’s encouragement and commitment to support UNHCR’s activities and humanitarian response at a time of protracted displacement situations in the region and around the world, and in light of the scarcity of funding that limits UNHCR’s ability to provide assistance to refugees in dire need.”

Rubaian added: “Jordan has been generously hosting Syrian refugees for many years since the crisis began in their country and is among the countries hosting large numbers of refugees, with more than 700,000 refugees registered with UNHCR in Jordan, 90% of whom are Syrians. UNHCR Jordan requires US$53 million in 2024 to maintain a lifeline of vital cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers. Thanks to the generous contribution of Al-Nouri Society, UNHCR will be able to support more than 600 families in both the cash assistance interventions as well as the livelihood programmes, to cover their most urgent needs. We thank the Kuwaiti people for standing by refugees and for their continued support.”

For his part, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sheikh Abdullah Al-Nouri Charitable Society, Eng. Jamal Al-Nouri, said: “This is the fourth consecutive year to organize a joint campaign with UNHCR, and we wish to expand on it in the coming years due to the significant needs of refugees and displaced persons across the region. The two new agreements we are signing today are expected to benefit more than 600refugee families in Jordan until the end of 2024.”

Through cash assistance, particularly through mobile wallets, UNHCR can create cost efficiencies, reduce its carbon footprint, and reduce the need for refugees to move between governorates to receive their aid. It is also important to emphasize that mobile wallets have reduced the costs of delivering cash assistance and reaching more refugees. Most importantly, phone wallets enable refugees to independently manage their families’ finances, enabling them to save money, pay their bills, make purchases, etc.

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