Gaza Emergency Appeal

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people in need of humanitarian aid in Gaza



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LAST UPDATED: February 25, 2023

Arms Embargo: Hunger Strike for Gaza

Gaza has endured over 5 months of intense Israeli bombardment, subjected to destruction, civilian terror and recurrent breaches of international humanitarian law. Israel’s use of starvation as a "weapon of war” has pushed more than half a million Palestinians into crisis-level hunger. 

As Canada continues to allow the supply of weapons to Israel, there is a high risk of arms and military goods from Canada being used to commit violations of international law, which could make Canada complicit in crimes against humanity. 

As a humanitarian organization, Islamic Relief Canada is hunger-striking for an arms embargo on Israel. Canada must also hold Israel accountable for its actions and stop fueling the ongoing escalation of violence and growing humanitarian catastrophe in the region.

Sign up today to join our hunger strike and email your MP to urge Canada to halt the transfer of weapons as well as immediately suspend all arms export permits to Israel. 

Send Urgent Relief to Gaza Charity

The people of Gaza are fleeing for their lives as they experience over 5 months of indiscriminate attacks, ongoing blockade, starvation diet, and mass killing of civilians in the most densely-populated place on earth

These attacks have injured over 69,000 people and killed 29,500 Palestinians, further displacing 1.7 million people. 1 in 25 people in Gaza are now injured or killed. 

After suffering decades of violence and human rights violations, Palestinian people  continue to feel unsafe in their own country. Lack of fuel, clean water and limited food supplies has forced the healthcare system into a state of total collapse, and caused significant levels of dehydration, starvation, and disease among children as essential supplies slowly run out across the Gaza Strip. 

Islamic Relief is delivering daily ready-to-eat meals in Gaza and has so far distributed more than 1 million meals, as well as other aid such as hygiene kits and psychosocial support for children – but the enormity of the crisis means that much more is needed.

Support our Gaza emergency appeal and continue saving lives.

As a member of the Humanitarian Coalition, all donations made through Islamic Relief Canada to the Palestine Emergency Appeal from October 7 - November 12 will be matched up to $10 million. Our joint fundraising appeal brought together 12 of Canada's leading international aid agencies in unity for the same cause, amplifying our impact on the ground.

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How is Islamic Relief delivering aid across Gaza?

Islamic Relief has been on the ground, operating in Palestine since 1997. We have offices with staff and volunteers who have been distributing all emergency food and medical supplies they had previously stockpiled or could additionally procure, every day since the escalations began. 

We are working alongside the Ministry of Health, UN humanitarian organizations, and local partners: Beit Lahia Development Association, Gaza Culture and Development Group, Unlimited Friends Association for Social Development, and Bayader for Environment and Development Association. 

From October 7 to February 25, 2024, our team has so far distributed: 

            ⛑️ 2.2 million medical supply items 
            📦 14,170 food packs 
            💵 4,245 food vouchers 
            🥬 Fresh produce to 138,254 households
            🍴 1,173,629 ready-to-eat meals + ready-to-eat items to 151,813 families
             🛏️ 25,457 blankets and mattresses
            💧16,404 people received clean water 
            🧼 43,970 hygiene kits + items to 236 shelters
            🎈61,391children received psychosocial support

However, all humanitarian agencies in Gaza are running low on essential supplies. We need your support to be able to continue sustaining distributions on a mass scale the moment new aid is allowed in. 

How Your Zakat Can Help Gaza

Your Zakat can help deliver life-saving essentials to communities affected by the ongoing violence across Palestine. 

At Islamic Relief Canada, we follow a scholar-verified Zakat Policy to ensure your Zakat reaches as many poor and needy people as possible to transform their lives.

  • $65 can provide living essentials

  • $150 can provide a family with life saving food

  • $250 can provide urgent medical aid  

We are focused first on areas that are accessible and where our teams can obtain and deliver aid, working with local partners to reach as many people as possible. 

Every dollar you give means we can reach more civilian children, women and the elderly who continue to face hunger, poverty, trauma and loss. 

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Provide Therapy for Kids in Gaza

In the face of the most catastrophic destruction and humanitarian crisis to date in Gaza, children are paying the heaviest price. 

Nearly half of Gaza’s population are children, with over 450,000 currently left without a home. 25,000 Palestinian children have been orphaned and no longer have the emotional or financial support to survive, let alone thrive. 

For the children in Gaza experiencing emotional distress, just $20 can provide group therapy for one child so they can gain access to the tools, fun activities, and knowledge to heal from their trauma.

                                          Sponsor an Orphan from Gaza

                                          In the face of the most catastrophic destruction and humanitarian crisis to date in Gaza, children are paying the heaviest price. 

                                          By  sponsoring an orphan for $90/month, you can help save and transform the lives of vulnerable children in Gaza currently deprived of their basic rights and protection, facing constant trauma, loss and violence. 

                                          Your support can provide much needed clean water, healthcare, psychosocial support, education, and shelter.

                                          Sponsor an orphan struggling to survive in Gaza and truly change their life for the better. 

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                                          The situation in Palestine

                                          The people of Palestine are no stranger to devastation. Ongoing violence and restrictions have severely impacted access to food, water, and healthcare in Palestine, leaving over 1.9 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Gaza.

                                          For people across Palestine, life is incredibly challenging:

                                          • 80% of the population are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive (European Union, 2023)

                                          • 65% of Palestinians in Gaza live below the poverty line (UN, 2022)

                                          • 9 out of 10 children in Gaza suffer from some form of conflict-related trauma (Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, 2021)

                                          • One third of the Palestinian population suffer from food insecurity, of which 90% live in Gaza (WFP, 2022) 

                                          Donate to Gaza and help save Palestine now.

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                                          How your donations are making a difference to the people of Palestine

                                          Islamic Relief has been working in Palestine since 1997. Our work in Gaza is focused on both emergency relief and development support, ensuring sustainable long-term programs that are transformative for the communities involved.

                                          Some of our key projects over the past few years have included:

                                          • Distributing emergency food packs and facilitating access to clean drinking water

                                          • Creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for 755 farmer families by planting olive trees and providing essential tools for cultivation and irrigation

                                          • Empowering orphans and vulnerable children through education and STEM 

                                          • Enrolling children in recreational therapy and psychosocial services

                                          Following the May 2021 escalations in Gaza, Islamic Relief launched new projects for recovery and rehabilitation, ensuring your donations reached those in most need. These projects included:

                                          • Health: Rehabilitated and equipped 2 primary health care clinics with equipment, resources, tools and training.

                                          • Education: Repaired and rehabilitated 3 schools, and 3 special education centers that were damaged.

                                          • Livelihoods: Supported microbusinesses with cash assistance. 

                                          • Food: Provided cash assistance to families so they can buy household staples.

                                          • Water Sanitation and Hygiene: Rehabilitated wastewater connections in housing units and enhanced access to clean water.

                                          Your support for Gaza is helping our teams to deliver vital medical, food, water, and psychosocial support to Palestinians in need.

                                          Frequently Asked Questions

                                          As of February 25, 2024, 

                                          • 29,692 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip, this includes 13,000 children, 8,800 women, 340 medical staff, and 132 journalists  

                                          • 85% of Gaza’s population has been forcibly displaced

                                          • 40% of Gaza’s population are now at risk of famine

                                          • About 30,000 tonnes of explosives has been used by Israel in the bombing, an average of 82 tonnes per square kilometer

                                          • Half of all the pregnant women seeking safety in shelters in the Gaza Strip suffer from thirst, malnutrition, and a lack of healthcare

                                          • Only 7 out of 29 of planned missions since the start of this year to deliver food, medicine, water and other lifesaving supplies have successfully reached their destinations in northern Gaza due to severe access constraints by the Israeli authorities

                                          All donations will reach Palestine. Islamic Relief is committed to allocating all collected donations at every opportunity we can, to fund both immediate emergency aid and long-term recovery in Gaza. We maintain strict policies and processes in place to ensure that aid is used for its intended humanitarian purpose.

                                          Islamic Relief has been on the ground, operating in Palestine since 1997. We have offices with staff and volunteers who regularly stockpile emergency supplies as part of our Disaster Preparedness Plan to be able to immediately respond in the event of an emergency. Our team and partners are currently distributing these limited supplies while they await approval for the entry of more aid into Gaza. 

                                          • Medical aid: Hospitals are completely overwhelmed with casualties and need urgent support. 

                                          • Water: The water shortage has reached a crisis point as clean water runs out and people face dehydration.

                                          • Food: Food supplies will soon run out – affecting the poorest and vulnerable people most of all. 

                                          • Fuel: Fuel is urgently needed to keep generators going for vital healthcare and water/sanitation systems.

                                          Ever since October 21, 1,320 trucks carrying humanitarian aid (not specific to Islamic Relief) have entered the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing. This was increased following the temporary truce agreement on November 24. 

                                          The entry of fuel, which is essential for keeping hospitals, bakeries and water and sanitation systems running, was completely banned from entering Gaza until November 18, when Israel agreed to allow small amounts of fuel in for UNRWA services.

                                          On December 11, 120,600 litres of fuel entered Gaza from Egypt, up from a daily average of 67,000 litres over the previous three days. This is nowhere near enough to cover what is needed, leading to deaths that would otherwise be preventable. Many hospitals have already stopped functioning because of lack of fuel.

                                          Islamic Relief has strict policies and processes in place to ensure that aid is used for its intended humanitarian purpose. We conduct in-depth investigations to ensure optimal quality of work, appropriate policies and processes to manage funds and safeguard people in communities, and ensure that partners share our core humanitarian values. 

                                          This oversight, monitoring and quality control is conducted by an Islamic Relief team that is on the ground in Gaza. Our work in Gaza – as elsewhere around the world – has also been regularly audited by leading global auditors to ensure that funds are going to the most vulnerable people in need. 

                                          In 2022, Islamic Relief Canada launched an advocacy campaign, demanding the government remove barriers limiting Canadian organizations from getting life-saving aid to Afghanistan. 

                                          We were overwhelmed by the community's support and so pleased when the government amended the Criminal Code — enabling Canadian organizations to provide critical humanitarian support in Afghanistan!

                                          We believe in the power of advocacy and the change our collective voices can make. 

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