Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

© 2014 UNRWA Photo by Shareef Sarhan
UNRWA provided 831 families with rental subsidies (Transitional Shelter Cash Assistance, TSCA) and 154 families with payments for severe repairs, both with funds totalling US $1.2 million from the German Development Bank KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau).
© Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA Archives
UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl today reopened the Khuza'a Elementary Co-ed A&B School, in eastern Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. The school hosts over 1,100 students, who returned to classrooms in mid-March.
Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Robert Turner, and EU Representative, John Gatt-Rutter sign the agreement of the European Union’s new EUR5 million (US$ 5.7 million) contribution to UNRWA’s Job Creation Programme in the Gaza Strip. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Shareef Sarhan
The European Union (EU) has announced a new EUR 5 million (US$ 5.7 million) contribution to the UNRWA Job Creation Programme in the Gaza Strip.
UNRWA student Waed Yasin holds new school stationery she was given on Monday. © UNRWA Photo by Shareef Sarhan
For 11-year-old Waed Yasin, a Palestine refugee from the Gaza Strip, life has never been simple. Waed has witnessed three wars in the past seven years and knows that every portion of food or item of clothing must be shared evenly between her and her nine siblings.
“Gaza Gateway helps us to improve our skills. Young people do not have to travel away anymore to find opportunities,” Hanin, a 23 year old Project Associate with UNRWA’s Gaza Gateway. © UNRWA Photo by Shareef Sarhan
UNRWA is piloting a new social enterprise, the Gaza Gateway, as part of an ongoing commitment to enhancing employment prospects for young Palestine refugees in Gaza. The initiative is designed to help young IT graduates gain work experience and employability training, and create new opportunities within the devastated Gaza economy. “It is like a survival kit. It changes your life and gives you a chance,” said Ahmed, a 27-year-old recent graduate working with the Gateway.
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Facts & Figures

The Human Toll

 

2,150 people killed (as of 11 September 2014)

 

Thousands of people injured

 

10,000
displaced people in UNRWA shelters (as of  26 February 2015)

 

 

Gaza In Numbers

 

1.2 million refugees

230,000+ students

 

8 refugee camps

21 health centres

 

12,000+ staff members

12 food distribution
centres

 

245 schools

 

 

Donate

Gaza Emergency 1
US$ 30 GIVES COUNSELLING TO A TRAUMATISED CHILD
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 2
US$ 40 FEEDS A PERSON TWO DAILY MEALS FOR A WEEK
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 3
US$ 149 PROVIDES A FAMILY WITH MATTRESSES,...
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 4
US$ 1080 FEEDS A FAMILY IN GAZA FOR A MONTH

Funding Requirements

The violent conflict in the Gaza Strip that began on 8 July has caused immense human suffering and devastation. The numbers of civilian fatalities, injuries and displacements, and the destruction of homes and other civilian infrastructure, are unprecedented. The emergency in Gaza is far from over.

As of 22 August, a quarter of the total Gaza population is internally displaced as a result of the hostilities. Approximately 300,000 are sheltered in 85 UNRWA schools, 45,000 are hosted in non-UNRWA premises, and at least 137,400 more are in other hosting arrangements. With the summer 2014 hostilities in their seventh week, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking refuge in UNRWA installations has reached levels never before seen in Gaza’s history. As hostilities persist and destruction continues, the number of Palestinians seeking shelter is expected to increase further, along with the humanitarian needs of the population, and consequently also the scope of UNRWA’s response. Additionally, it is evident from the level of destruction of housing that many among the displaced population will not be able to return home once the hostilities have ceased. The Agency has revised–yet again- the projections of assistance needed until the end of the year and the funding required to respond appropriately.

A total of US$ 295.4 million is necessary to enable UNRWA to provide assistance through the end September, within a revised scenario of up to 500,000 displaced people seeking assistance, 65 per cent of whom are expected to continue to take shelter in UNRWA schools.

 

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