Emergency Support for Gaza Fishermen 2016

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Supporting the livelihoods of Gaza Fishermen

Welfare Association worked in Gaza with 120 fishermen’s families enabling them to regain their livelihoods after they were destroyed in the Israeli military assault of 2014. A total of 884 people, 432 of which are children, directly benefitted from this project, which included repairing damaged boats and renovating older unused boats to make them seaworthy once more, and the provision of new nets and ropes to the most badly affected members of the community, 90% of which were living below the poverty line.

The grants to fishermen prevented further deterioration of the already-critical economic situation in Gaza by lifting families out of the debt they had been forced into after losing their income. New jobs were also created within the local fishing industry with the repairs to 30 boats of various sizes and efficiency increased as a result of the upgraded boats and equipment which were given out: catches improved by up to 45% and revenues rose by 50% on previous levels.

The project also had environmental benefits as the renovated boats and equipment, which all complied with ISO9002 quality standards, cut down on oil spillages into the sea, and the new nets that were distributed to the fishermen helped to protect young and seed fishing stock.

Ibrahim’s story:

Forty-six year-old Ibrahim from Al Shate’e refugee camp in Gaza City had been fishing for ibrahim morad.jpga living since the age of sixteen. When his boats and nets were damaged in the Israeli assault of 2014, however, he and his sons lost his means of income and were unable to pay the rent. He and his family were evicted from their home and forced to take shelter with an already-struggling relative, all seven of them crowded into one small room. Their despair was finally lifted by this grant which provided an upgraded boat and a return to profitability within four months. Ibrahim was overjoyed by the restoration of his family’s hope and dignity: “I have something to live for again now”.

Click here to see what the Gazan Fishermen had to say about this project