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Ongoing conflict.

Decades after the conflict first began, life remains precarious for many Palestinians. Economic development has been stifled by political instability, constant conflict and the erection of the West Bank barrier. As a result poverty is rife. On average, 57 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

The crisis is damaging children. Many have been injured or killed in the violence; others have been traumatised by the fear of living in a hostile environment. Education has also been disrupted and malnutrition rates continue to rise.

Checkpoints, roadblocks and the construction of a 700km wall have restricted movement and many Palestinians cannot travel to work, sell goods at market or even access water. The Palestinian Authority (PA) – biggest employer in the Palestinian territories has had a 60% drop in its income.

Islamic Relief  has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994 and projects in the region have included food distribution, medical relief and orphan sponsorship. Islamic Relief has also established educational enhancement centres, care programs for traumatized children and a school for the deaf.

Ongoing projects:

  • Qurbani meat distribution
  • Ramadan food package distribution
  • Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
  • Emergency intervention in Gaza Strip
    • Provided basic food and hygiene commodities to affected individuals
    • Participated in the treatment of injuries through the provision of medical equipment’s for clinics and hospitals Improve health services
  • Child Welfare – Milk Program
    • Provided 5,500 preschoolers in 30 preschoold with daily- fortified milk
    • Supported to the local Palestinian economy and industry and the farmers who provided the project with milk
  • Gaza Recreational Trips for Orphans
    • Organized activities for 1000 orphaned children Sponsored at Islamic Relief
    • Provided psychological support to those children as well as distributed gifts among the 1000 orphans
  • Rehabilitation of Damaged Schools in Gaza
    • Rehabilitated the education system through the restoration of 6 schools, ensuring a healthy and safe environment for students
    • Created temporary work opportunities for skilled and unskilled workers
  • Gaza – Food for Schools in poor areas
    • Reduced malnutrition among students and Improved educational performance of 2746 students in the needy areas of the Gaza strip
  • Palestinian Doctors Residency Training Program – West Bank
    • Provided a residency program for 4 Palestinian doctors in Makassed hospital which in turn benefits 13,000 patients every year
  • Educational Sponsorship for Orphaned Students in the Gaza Strip
    • Helped the poorest orphans by funding their higher educational opportunities till the highest possible degree; thereby helping them break their cycle of poverty
    • 115 orphans successfully sponsored
  • Rehabilitation of Agricultural Wells in Gaza Strip
    • Improve the income generation of 80 poor farmers by rehabilitating agricultural water resources in Gaza Strip
  • Supporting students in Gaza
    • Ensure universal access to and coverage of basic education; improving access to education opportunities for learners with special educational needs
  • Emergency Assistance in the Gaza Strip
    • 15,000 individuals received a total of 75,000 food rations
    • 1,376 families received Non-Food Items
    • 280,000 displaced individuals were provided primary health care at the emergency shelters
  • Emergency Food Assistance in the Gaza Strip
    • Distributed food commodities four times a year to 4109 poor families struggling in loss of livelihoods preventing them from meeting the minimum dietary requirements