Mahmoud’s Story

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"Your help came at exactly the right time to prevent my children from getting sick with the flu and cold."

Mahmoud’s family lives in Gaza. Their home is in very poor condition as a result of the military bombardment in the summer of 2014. Their small home has cracked walls and ceilings, which they couldn’t afford to fix. The house is subject to continuous flooding every time it rains and flooding from the street and the nearby sanitation station.  Mahmoud takes care of his 70 year old mother in addition to his wife and children. He is unemployed and has been looking for a job for the past few years with no luck. He relies on assistance from the Ministry of Social Affairs. He receives occasional supplementary assistance from local NGOs. The family are surviving on less than US$100 per month which barely covers their key daily needs.

Mahmoud’s family was one of the recipients of WA’s “Emergency Winterisation Support for Families in Gaza” project. They received two blankets and chose three sets of winter clothes (including: pyjamas, jeans, woolly jumper, underwear, socks and a winter jacket, plus a hat, scarf and gloves for their children at a pre-qualified store).  Mahmoud said “I was unable to provide my kids with winter clothes. Your help came at exactly the right time to prevent my children from getting sick with the flu and cold. My family is struggling and your help really makes a difference. Thank you”. This emergency winterisation project in the winter of 2017/18 benefited 179 families in Gaza.

*Names have been changed.