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Aiding in Gaza's Shelter Crisis

The new year usually brings a sense of hope and renewal for many, but there is no escape from the harsh realities of war for some – a war that dates back to the late nineteenth century between the Israeli and Palestinians. Sympathetic hearts go out to the victims of the latest Israel Gaza conflict as it drags on at the three months mark.

As of January 2nd, 2024, Gaza’s death toll stands at 22,285 (two thirds of which are women and children), while the toll of the wounded stands at an estimated 57,000 from the conflict within Gaza.

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Despite significant challenges, Life for Relief and Development’s brave team on the ground in Gaza has demonstrated incredible strength, resourcefulness, and adaptability. They are working tirelessly, dedicated to addressing the pressing needs of the community.

Since October 7th, 2023, our field experience, extensive network, and ability to overcome obstacles along with the support of our donors have enabled us to accomplish so much. We have:

● Nourished over 9,000 individuals with wholesome meals and fresh bread.

● Provided 6,742 families with essential food baskets and hygiene kits.

● Delivered 5,300 blankets and water bottles to civilians in need.

● Brightened the lives of 100 injured children with the gift of toys.

● Installed a solar-powered water system for sustainable clean water access.

● Supported three hospitals with a fleet of 15 medical supply trucks.

● Distributed fresh fruits and vegetables to families via 5 dedicated food trucks.

Since 2004, we have been active in building education and providing water, food, and medical care to Gaza and the surrounding areas including the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Our already existing initiatives in Gaza have made it possible for us to accomplish so much during such a difficult time.

The Current Shelter Crisis

A staggering 85% of Gaza’s population, 1.9 million people, have been displaced as the air and ground attacks continue.

Every one of the 1.9 million displaced people is experiencing probably the darkest chapter of their lives. They are in fear for theirs and their loved ones’ lives, have no comfort and security of a home, have only what they can carry, and no means of earning an income, not to mention any health challenges they may face as many Gaza hospitals are not in service.

Compounding their suffering, the onslaught of cold winter weather with heavy rains have damaged and destroyed many tents housing displaced Palestinians. Many of these tents are crudely made using wood and thin plastic sheets, unable to withstand poor environmental

conditions. Families fight a losing battle to keep warm, dry, and healthy without the proper protection from the elements.

The immense need for quality shelter led Life for Relief and Development to implement a tent distribution initiative.

Much effort was spent to source a reliable supplier of durable tents that are weather and fire-resistant. Able to comfortably accommodate up to five people, it is equipped with windows and doors for ventilation and access.

The Turkish supplier we found has the capacity to produce up to 1000 tents per day, which allows for a reliable supply to fulfill the need.

The Southern region of Gaza, where most are forcibly displaced, is the primary focus of distribution to maximize impact in the most needed areas.

Trucks loaded with tents have been and will continue to be dispatched to respond to the growing need as the conflict draws out.

LIFE aims to make a significant positive impact on the lives of many displaced families. It is a tragedy that so many innocent lives are pulled into a conflict not of their own doing, creating much suffering.

Let’s not lose sight of hope. This year could be more than just numbers and reports; it could be about change, about valuing life over power, about compassion over indifference. In the face of overwhelming struggles in Gaza, our support and efforts can light the way.

Click the link below to give shelter to innocent civilians who have lost their home.



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