UNRWA, the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, is the primary provider of healthcare, education, and other basic social services to 5.3 million Palestine refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. UNRWA has been the largest humanitarian operation in the region since its inception in 1950, and continues to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development.
In Gaza, UNRWA provides assistance and protection for over 1.2 million registered refugees. This includes mental health counseling for 50,000 refugees every year, and in 2014, individual counseling for an additional 12,600 refugee children to help them cope with the trauma of bombings and blockade in 2014.
American Friends of UNRWA (AFU) is the US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the work of UNRWA in the United States with fundraising, education, and advocacy work. All donations to AFU are tax-deductible.