UNHCR praises RAF support for 'Artery of Life' project

 20 Jun 2017 - 17:03

UNHCR praises RAF support for 'Artery of Life' project
A woman withdrawing cash from an ATM machine.

The Peninsula

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appreciated the support of Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) to its campaign called “Artery of Life”.

The project is being implemented by the UNHCR for supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan in collaboration with the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, France, Japan, Norway, RAF and Spain.

The RAF received a copy of a recent report on the campaign “Artery of Life”. The report said that RAF has become sponsor for UNHCR by donating $220,000 (QR803,000). 

The commissioner has sent certificate of partnership and a message of satisfaction to RAF expressing its happiness with the cooperation of RAF in several sectors. 

RAF contributed $220,000 supporting 1,368 Syrian refugee families comprising about 7,000 people in Jordan under the campaign.

The contributions were paid in two installments. The first  instalment -  $100,000 - was to help 694 Syrian refugee families as each family received $144. The payment of second installment was $120,000 for supporting 674 Syrian refugee families. Each family received $178.

The contribution played a key role in reducing the suffering of beneficiary families. They were having financial problems due to lack of any proper source of income.  Most of the families lost their breadwinners.

As soon as the UNHCR called for relief under the campaign “Artery of Life” to rescue the Syrian refugee families, RAF responded immediately by donating $220,000 to provide cash to 1,368 Syrian families in Jordon.

RAF’s contribution helped these families pay for their day-to-day expenditures like home rent, food and other services. 

The beneficiaries were provided ATM cards so they could withdraw the money as per their choice. To ensure the safety of the money, a new technology is used in the ATM machine that requires eye scan of the card holders for verification.

It means that no other person than the card holder can use the ATM card to withdraw money from the machine.

The cash support programme of the campaign “Artery of Life” is the best way to provide help to refugee families as they are able to manage their day-to-day life expenditures as per their choice and need. The cash support has not only allowed them to pay their living cost but it gave them a dignified life too.

RAF has been also providing different types of supports to refugees that are not registered and living in random tents by dispatching humanitarian aid frequently.

RAF is carrying out humanitarian projects in several countries.