Gaza Emergency Appeal - Donate Now
Please help Welfare Association to respond to the emergency in Gaza, where hospitals are struggling to treat the rapidly rising numbers of injured people arriving each hour.
As Israel’s military bombardment of Gaza continues, hundreds of Palestinians are injured and 85% of families have been displaced.
Please support our Emergency Appeal for Gaza, help us to provide:
WA has already been able to provide the emergency unit of two hospitals in South Gaza with beds, equipment and medications.
WA teams’ interventions in Gaza to date:
12/10/2023: Welfare Association teams in Gaza (also displaced from their homes due to constant artillery shelling), have been able to provide hospitals with fuel, provide displaced families with essential support, and continue working to provide medications to hospitals.
15/10/2023: Last week Welfare Association‘s team in Gaza was able to source fuel and medications (from within Gaza) and get these to hospitals, and located some essential supplies to support displaced families. WA has also been able to provide the emergency unit of a hospital in South Gaza with beds, equipment, and medications.
24/10/2023: Over 2,000 families in the Gaza Strip are receiving food parcels and hygiene kits. Our WA team and local partner organisations on the ground in Gaza are distributing these parcels and kits in Rafah, Southern & Northern Gaza, and Gaza City.
28/10/2023: Emergency food parcels for displaced families in Gaza. We are preparing packages of fresh fruit & vegetables for 391 displaced families in Khan Younis. Crops are purchased directly from small farmers in Gaza. Palestinian families will receive the packages each week, for 4 weeks.
3/11/2023: WA is providing thousands of families in Gaza with food; 391 families in Khan Younis will receive fresh vegetable parcels each week for one month. We distributed food parcels and vouchers to 500 displaced families in North Gaza, some families received food parcels, while others received vouchers to shop for their essential needs.
10/11/2023: Over the past few days, we distributed emergency food parcels & hygiene kits to 500 homeless families, sheltering in four schools in Rafah, Gaza. All of these items were sourced within Gaza.
13/11/2023: This week WA teams in Gaza are delivering fresh food packages to 1,195 homeless families, in 6 shelters in Deir Al-Balah, Khan Younis, and Rafah. They will receive these food packs each week for 4 weeks.
27/11/2023: During this week 1,655 homeless families received vital food parcels in 7 shelters located in Deir Al-Balah, Khan Younis, and Rafah.
6/12/2023: WA teams continue distributions in shelters in Gaza, delivering thousands of bottles of water to homeless families.
10/12/2023: During this week, WA teams in Gaza distributed emergency fresh food parcels to a total of 3,300 homeless families in shelter centres in Deir Al-Balah and Khan Younis.
15/12/2023: This week WA helped 1,000 children in Rafah smile for the first time in a long time – as they chose a warm jacket for winter from a nearby shop that WA opened up just for them.
21/12/2023: WA teams continue distributing emergency fresh food parcels to more than 400 displaced and hungry families in Gaza.
5/1/2024: To date, WA have provided the following in Gaza.
11/1/2024: WA is continuing to implement a range of emergency interventions to support families struggling to survive this crisis, including the distribution of fresh food parcels to 1,465 displaced families sheltering in Khan Younis and Deir Al-Balah.
1/2/2024: Distribution of food parcels in Gaza has continued, with another 830 homeless families receiving packages of fresh vegetables in a shelter in Rafah.
15/2/2024: A further 600 displaced families in shelters in Deir Al-Balah and Al-Zawaida received fresh food parcels, to ensure they can feed themselves.
Please support our Gaza Emergency Appeal – so we can continue these vital life-saving interventions. Thank you.
To stay up to date with the ongoing situation, read the Flash Updates and Situation Reports from the UN OCHA and WHO by clicking here.
With the ongoing catastrophic bombardment of Gaza by Israel’s military forces, that began on the 7th October 2023, UN OCHA’s Flash Update #68 of 13 December reported that:
Many more people are missing, presumably buried under the rubble, waiting for rescue or recovery. Al Jazeera news reports that in the midst of these deadly attacks at least 20,000 children have lost limbs, and estimates that more than 20,000 children have lost one or both parents in Israel’s indiscriminate bombing campaign of Gaza.
Welfare Association Programme for Gaza’s Orphans.
Please help the orphans of Gaza by sponsoring an orphan for one year: £100 monthly for 12 months, or £1,200 per year.
From the 4,261 orphans we have worked with:
We use the UNICEF definition of orphan: “a child under 18 years of age who has lost one or both parents to any cause of death.”
What makes our programme holistic?
We need your help to reach as many orphans in Gaza as possible, to help them to have a brighter future.
Support for those forced to flee the Syria Conflict and took refuge in Lebanon
Lebanon is hosting more than one million Syrian refugees and 45,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria (PRS). Most of the PRS have been in Lebanon for several years now and so any cash or assets they may have had are long gone.
A recent study highlighted that 75% of PRS families are in need of clothes, 70% need blankets and 40.5% need shelter assistance.
These families are forced to find shelter wherever they can; generally structurally unsafe, unhygienic and poorly maintained shelters lacking basic water and sanitation facilities and in overcrowded and poor conditions. UN data indicates that in PRS households, on average, each bedroom is shared by 4.6 people while each bathroom is shared by 8.4 people.
Securing safe housing is one of the most urgent challenges with an ever-dwindling stock of affordable and adequate housing, and the United Nations recently ended rent subsidies for PRS. The vast majority of PRS have taken refuge in the 12 Palestinian refugee camps and 39 informal gatherings throughout Lebanon.
In the last 6 years Welfare Association has completed a number of shelter rehabilitation projects for PRS in these refugee camps and is planning to do further work to meet urgent needs in Burj El Barajneh Camp and Shatilla Camp in Beirut. The works will include:
It costs approximately £1500 to do the basic repairs and updates on each shelter, and some shelters are accommodating up to three families.