“Whosoever saves a life, saves the whole of mankind.”
(Qur’an 5: 32)
With the ongoing blockade and escalation of violence, Gaza is already stretched to the limit. 38% of people live in poverty. 54% are food insecure. Over 75% rely on humanitarian assistance in order to survive. Over 90% of the water is undrinkable. And the Gaza medical crisis means one third of essential medicines are out of stock.
Home to over 2 million people, Gaza is one of the world’s most densely populated areas, with over 5,000 Gazans living in one square kilometre. In 2012, the United Nations warned that the region could become uninhabitable by 2020 based on indicators that have worsened since the report was issued. Gaza needs our help now.
Human Appeal has been working across Gaza and the West Bank for over 10 years, running programmes to alleviate the suffering as the conflict continues. Last year alone, we helped over 300,000 people by providing lifesaving emergency aid and crucial health, shelter, food, livelihood, water, hygiene and sanitation support. Yet this is only possible with your ongoing support.
Human Appeal is currently on the ground providing vital equipment for intensive care units and operating rooms, as well as renovating the CT Department at Shifa Hospital and establishing desalination plants for three major hospitals.
We now need your help to further alleviate the Gaza medical crisis by providing life-saving medical aid to 14 hospitals and 54 primary healthcare centres.
£100 provides vital emergency medical aid, including hospital beds, surgical equipment and medicine to save lives.
£80 provides first aid kits to families in high-risk areas, with over fifteen items for treating burns, fractures, injuries and bleeding. Each family will also receive training on the use of these essential kits.
£70 provides a family-of-five with enough nutritious food to last one whole month.
Gaza’s ongoing conflict is increasing the death toll rapidly
Since early May, 27 Palestinians have been killed and over 150 injured in 150 air raids and artillery shelling. In the year prior to that, 271 people – including 41 children – had been killed and 29,187 injured, the majority while taking part in the Great March of Return protests.
The situation in Gaza has consistently been brutal and recent demonstrations has sparked more clashes. With the ongoing conflict, these numbers are expected to increase.
Human Appeal’s work in Gaza and the West Bank
Human Appeal has been working across Gaza and the West Bank for over 10 years. Today, we continue to meet humanitarian needs whilst working with local communities to improve healthcare provision, water, hygiene and sanitation, and to promote sustainable agriculture and livelihoods.
The difference we made in 2018
Assalamu Alaykum, “I am Maryam and I’m 14 years old. I live at the Beach Refugee Camp in Gaza with a 14-member-family. Painting is my favourite hobby. I love my cat. Her name is Fofo and she is my friend. I love playing and I like studying hard. I dream to become a doctor when I get old.
Dad is a fisherman. Sometimes I go with him to help. I feel happy when I see the sea. I feel freedom. Dad has a small fishing boat. He can’t sail deep in the sea for fishing. The fishing area is too small [due to restrictions]. That’s why my family doesn’t have enough income and we mostly depend on aid.
From time to time, there is a scary war. I am afraid of losing someone from my family. I have lived through three difficult wars and I’m always scared of another one. Unfortunately, it’s become part of our life.
Getting water is difficult. Tap water, which is undrinkable, is mostly cut off. It’s salty and not clean. My brother goes, every day, to fill a gallon from a water unit in a nearby mosque. Electricity is mostly cut off. Our home turns dark as soon as the sun sets.
When I was born, they discovered that I have renal failure. I was born with one kidney. Dad and mum tried to donate a kidney for me, but doctors said the tissues didn’t match. I started getting kidney dialysis treatment when I was six. It is so exhausting to go to the hospital for dialysis treatment. It affects my progress at school. Alhamdulillah, I only go once a week now.
Dialysis machines provided by Human Appeal helped me and many other patients get the treatment we need. Without such help, our life would be even harder. I hope you will remember me with your prayers and remember the people of Palestine, who love you because you stood by them. I really thank you from my heart.”