On 7 July 2014, a humanitarian emergency began in the Gaza Strip, following a severe escalation in the continuous conflict in the area. The humanitarian impact of this escalation took place against a backdrop of already heightened vulnerability and instability in the Strip. Hundreds of dead and injured, power shortages and little water led to a situation of severe and catastrophic need in the area. Moreover, thousands of families had lost their homes and were being sheltered in government and UNRWA schools which didn’t even provide the basic needs of life.
In August 2014, ChidrenPlus, launched a project to provide emergency relief to the people affected by the crisis in the Gaza strip.
Target Area: All Governorates of the Gaza Strip.
Beneficiaries: People affected by the crisis in the Gaza Strip as a result of Israeli attacks on the area.
Type of intervention: Health and Emergency Relief.
Project Duration: 14 August 2014 to present.
- Improving the living conditions of the IDPs and affected families through providing them with cash needed for them to purchase their basic needs along with some in kind aid (food items and kitchen sets).
- Improving the overall public health conditions of wounded people and patients through providing medicines and medical disposables for some hospitals in the Gaza Strip.
More details of this is provided in the table below:
|Medical aid, comprising:||Financial and Non-Financial Aid, comprising:|
Overview of the critical situation in Gaza
- About 270,000 people are still internally displaced due to the crisis; about 50% of them are being sheltered in UNRWA schools and the rest are moving from place to place, living in the most inhumane of living conditions.
- The crisis has claimed the lives of over 2,000 people including over 500 children. Over 8,000 people have been injured. Thousands of Masjids and houses were demolished in the attacks, either completely or partially.
- The average waiting time for some types of elective surgery at Gaza’s largest hospital (Shifa) is over a year (according to WHO).
- Hospitals are in dire need of medicines and medical supplies.
- In addition, people in the affected area needed to be financially supported as well as requiring healthy food, particularly during the month of Ramadan during which this occurred.
- The overall situation is made worse by severe water and electricity shortages.
Ahead of many other NGOs in the Gaza strip, ChildrenPlus, through our partner organisations in Palestine, and working with local communities and businesses, implemented many projects to mitigate the suffering of affected people. By contracting a local restaurant, charity iftar meals were distributed to the displaced families in many of the UNRWA schools where thousands took shelter after their houses were demolished during the attacks. Additionally, we provided medicines and medical disposables to two of the worst hit hospitals in Gaza.
Medical assistance included the distribution of different types of urgent medicines (such as painkillers, antibiotics, disposables, etc.) to wounded persons in Al-Shefa Hospitals and in people’s houses.
Furthermore, financial and non-financial aid was distributed amongst IDPs and affected families in the marginalised affected areas (East, North and South of Gaza).
In kind assistance was provided by distributing various essential items of kitchenware such as plates, cups, forks, trays and pans to affected families in Sheja’ia area in East Gaza. Many items were unavailable and costly due to the tight siege imposed on the Gaza Strip.
- 1,800 internally displaced persons sheltering in four overcrowded UNRWA schools.
- More than 500 wounded persons and patients from different areas in the Gaza
- 391 affected families in North of Gaza (196) and Rafah (195).
- 114 affected families in Sheja’ia – East Gaza.
- Gaza hospitals
- Local community
- All necessary arrangements and procedures for project implementation have been carried out according to the followed financial regulations. All the management related documents were scanned and archived.
- A photo album and footage documenting the supplying and distributing phases has been created. A contract was made with a local media company to document all activities via photos and footage.
- Report with all supporting documents has been prepared and archived.