Gaza Ramadan Appeal 2022

Providing nutritious fresh food parcels to hundreds of families in South Gaza

 

Our thanks to everyone who generously donated to Welfare Association’s ‘Gaza Ramadan Appeal 2022’, providing fresh food to increasing numbers of impoverished Palestinian families.

 

The Israeli government’s land, air and sea blockade of Gaza, (now in its 15th year) has led to a humanitarian and socio-economic crisis, jeopardising the daily lives and security of Palestinians living there. The restrictions imposed on the free movement of people, goods and trade continue to severely undermine Gaza’s economy, devastating productive capacity and impeding any future development. These chronic conditions have been compounded by four Israeli military assaults on Gaza since 2008, political instability and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has further reduced employment and livelihood opportunities.

 

During the third quarter of 2021, the unemployment rate in Gaza reached 50.2%,[1] and this is expected to increase further to 59.3 %.[2] A chronic electricity deficit also continues to disrupt the daily lives of Gaza’s residents, reducing access to health care and economic opportunities. The water crisis in Gaza (due to over-extraction of the coastal aquifer, sea water infiltration and pollution) is particularly severe, and lack of access to clean water supplies in a growing population affects over 90% of households; impacting health and hygiene and causing more than a quarter of all childhood diseases.[3]

 

Food insecure people suffer from limited access to food in appropriate quantities and variety to meet their dietary needs; in Gaza, food insecurity is primarily caused by unemployment and poverty. Nearly 68.5% of the Gaza population are food insecure,[4] which represents around 1.6 million people, living in the Gaza Strip.

 

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With your support, we were able to expand our Ramadan Fresh Food Parcels distribution project in South Gaza this year and include more families. Our existing programme was providing healthy and nutritious fresh food packs to 1,130 families each week for the 5 weeks of Ramadan, and we have been able to increase the total number of families included in this project by 50%! We have provided 565 additional families with fresh food parcels each week for 3 weeks. A total of almost 1,700 families who did not have to worry where their next meals would come for several weeks! The food parcels contain freshly harvested crops direct from local farmers: fruits, including; melons, oranges, lemons, tomatoes; vegetables, including; cucumbers, potatoes, onions, zucchini, peppers, red cabbages, garlic, cauliflowers, eggplants and spinach; as well as a source of protein, either chicken or eggs; plus Eid cookies from local women’s cooperatives.

 

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Extending the distribution of fresh food parcels also meant the project was able to support more than 100 local farmers and producers. As it was their crops, chickens and eggs that were purchased for the food parcels. Your generous support will continue to have a lasting impact for Palestinians in Gaza beyond the lifecycle of the project, as the farmers are now able to replant their land for the coming season, having successfully sold their crops. Your donations to this appeal have fed directly back into the Gaza economy through these local farmers.  

 

Thank you for supporting this appeal and extending a helping hand to hundreds of Palestinian families in Gaza.



[1] PCBS Labour Force Survey (July-September, 2021) Round (Q3/2021). Press_En_8-11-2021-LF-en.pdf (pcbs.gov.ps)

[2] World Bank, 2021. https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-re­lease/2021/07/06/the-rebuilding-of-gaza-amid-dire-conditions-damage-loss­es-and-needs

[3] United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), State of Environment and Outlook Report for the oPt 2020. https://www.un.org/unispal/document/state-of-environment-and-outlook-report-for-the-opt-2020-un-environmental-pro­gram-report/

[4] World Food Programme

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