UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

10/04/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/04/2019 09:01

Tahir Foundation Contributes IDR 5 Billion to UNRWA

On 3 October, the Tahir Foundation, based in Indonesia, made a first-time contribution of IRP 5 billion (equivalent to US$ 350,000) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). During a ceremony at UNRWA Headquarters in Amman, Dato' Sri Professor Dr. Tahir, Indonesian philanthropist and businessman, presented its contribution to the UNRWA Acting Deputy Commissioner-General Christian Saunders in the presence of the Ambassador of Indonesia to Jordan and Palestine, H.E. Andy Rachmianto.

In his statement, Dato' Sri Professor Dr. Tahir reiterated his support for Palestine refugees: 'It is always a blessing for me and my family to participate in this amazing effort and support all that UNRWA provides to Palestine refugees. We highly appreciate all your humanitarian work for them'.

UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General Saunders said: 'UNRWA is extremely grateful to Dato' Sri Professor Dr. Tahir for the generous donation and for his unwavering commitment to the health and education of Palestine refugees. The strong partnership that exists between UNRWA, the Government of Indonesia and organizations such as the Tahir Foundation is essential to the successful implementation of the agency's mandate'.

The Tahir Foundation is a privately-funded organization founded by Dato' Sri Professor Dr. Tahir, Chairman of Mayapada Group. The Foundation focuses on healthcare and education services to vulnerable groups.

UNRWA provides life-saving services to some 5.5 million Palestinian refugees registered with the Agency across its five fields of operation, including Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Its services include education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.