Assistance to Civilian Victims in Gaza
The recent unrest in Gaza and the Middle East has led to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, and at least 200 of the dead are innocent children. A large percentage of the Palestinian population in Gaza is made up of children who are caught up in the crossfire and are the most vulnerable as water, food, medicines and energy are in short supply. Many children are huddled in makeshift shelters and are suffering greatly.
11 February 2009
Following weeks of fundraising in a number of countries including the USA, Canada, UK, France, Norway, Germany, UAE and Kenya, a total of over $150,000 has so far been raised by Humanity First for the Gaza relief effort. Humanity First has been progressing a number of channels of aid and activity to support the rehabilitation process in Gaza.
It is estimated that over 314 schools have been badly damaged in the bombardment in Gaza, particularly in the north in Gaza City and Bayt Hanun, and further south in Khan Younis and Rafah. Humanity First is working in partnership with Save the Children to repair and refurnish 5 schools in Rafah (south of the Gaza strip) and Mokhabarat (north-west of Gaza City). One of the schools, Al-Qastina Boys School in Mokhabarat has seen all 36 classrooms damaged with broken windows and doors, and 6 classrooms have severe structural damage. This is typical of the facilities that children are going back to as they try to start their education again. HF is putting in over $80,000 to this programme which has already started.
El Khidir Daloum, Save the Children’s Regional Director for the Middle East spoke of the partnership with Humanity First:
“Save the Children is delighted to be working with Humanity First in the region. Our two organisations share common values and a desire to help the beleaguered children of the area to get back into education and training, and we are very pleased with the level of commitment that HF have made to this important programme.”
HF is also making a donation of $10,000 to UNRWA to support the ongoing disaster relief activities in the region. The conflict damaged over 17,000 homes and made 90,000 people homeless. It is estimated that over 900,000 people are still reliant upon food aid, and this money will go towards providing emergency relief through UN camps and shelters.
Finally, a team of HF volunteers is working in the region to get packs of vital supplies including non-perishable food, water and sanitary items to families in collaboration with local NGOs. So far $15,000 has been allocated to provide supplies for over 5,000 refugees. HF is also evaluating plans for other longer-term projects in Gaza that would leave a legacy of hope and opportunity for all in the region.
Humanity First is ensuring that refugees and victims of the conflict get maximum benefit from the funds that you have raised for us. We would like to thank all of our donors for their terrific support, and will provide more details of the work done in Gaza in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please continue raising funds so that we can reach more people with our aid packs in the next fortnight.
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Humanity First is raising funds to provide emergency relief to these children and is working with International NGOs such as Save the Children who are active in the worst affected areas. Humanity First relies on the generous support of its generous donors. If you would like to help, please donate through this site .
About Humanity First
Humanity First, USA, a 501(c) 3- registered charity, is the US chapter of Humanity First International, which was established in the early 1990's to restore disaster-stricken and under-developed and vulnerable communities around the globe. Humanity First USA is a leading non-profit relief organization whose board of directors, management team, and project staff running the day-to-day operations are all unpaid volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds including business, healthcare, and education sectors. All personal expenses are met by the volunteers to maximize the use of funds raised and donated for those in need. As of today Humanity First USA has expanded to 27 countries worldwide.
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.