Why Gaza needs our help
Gaza is a place that has been testing the limits of what the minimum level of sustainability is before a total humanitarian catastrophe. Every day Gaza inches closer to finding out what that limit is.
About 46% the population in Gaza, which covers 141 square miles, is without work. The statistic stands at 64% among young people under the age of 25, and at 77% for women within that group. And unemployment is constantly on the rise.
Decades after the conflict first began, life remains precarious for many Palestinians. Economic development has been stifled by political instability, constant conflict, and the continuation of blockades in Gaza. To support Gaza, we’re building livelihoods and providing crucial health care.
Entire industries have collapsed within the Gaza Strip. Farming areas along the perimeter of the strip have been ruined by the siege and three recent wars with Israel, in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
Almost 30% of the population across the Palestinian Territories live below the national poverty line. Amongst a population of around 2.1 million people, hundreds of thousands of families in Gaza are struggling with economic hardship. Your donations can provide Gaza a lifeline.
Donate today and help us save lives.
Islamic Relief’s Track Record in Gaza
Islamic Relief has been working in Gaza since 1994 providing vital support to vulnerable communities through donations towards our Gaza relief fund. Our work in Gaza is focused on providing food, shelter and addressing urgent health needs.
Your support for Gaza will enable our teams to deliver medical supplies and equipment including medicines, disposable items and medical kits. We work closely with the Gaza Ministry of Health to facilitate training of medical staff and interns as well as covering salary costs.
Islamic Relief has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994, and has a longstanding presence in Gaza, supporting vulnerable communities.
Within hours of the start of the 22-day conflict of 2008, Islamic Relief was distributing aid. We remained one of the few agencies working on the ground throughout the conflict.
In the years that followed, we delivered a £30 million (approximately R570 million) emergency response and reconstruction programme that included equipping and renovating the intensive care units and emergency departments of nine hospitals.
As part of our emergency response to conflict in 2012, we delivered R20 million worth of medical supplies to hospitals receiving casualties.
The day after the 2014 conflict broke out, we provided drugs and medical supplies to hospitals and then started to distribute food and other essential items, such as water containers, soap and towels, to 15,700 displaced people.
We are On The Ground in Gaza
At the present moment, Islamic Relief is providing both emergency support and more long-term projects to help improve people’s livelihoods. Our priority is to help vulnerable families to lift themselves out of poverty and to live as dignified a life as possible.
As the humanitarian situation deteriorates and needs increase, international donor support is not keeping pace. We urgently need to step up our support for the people of Gaza and do what we can to ensure basic needs are met, children go to school, urgent medical supplies are available to treat sick and wounded patients and ensure that people have access to water and sanitation.
Donate today and help us to rebuild Gaza.