During eleven days of Israeli attacks on Gaza, 242 people were killed, including 66 children, and nearly 2000 people were injured. Many homes, businesses, schools and vital infrastructure were partially or totally destroyed. Thousands of people have been displaced.
MECA’s staff and local partners in Gaza are on the ground responding to the most urgent needs of children and families. We have been working since the first day of the attacks to provide urgent relief.
MECA was the first organization to bring food to families in the shelters and after asking what else they need we went back with water and hygiene supplies.
Though a ceasefire is in effect, there is still so much work to be done.
Please continue checking this page for updates on MECA’s emergency support for Gaza! And visit our blog for updates from our staff and partners on the situation in Gaza.
Photo by Ali Jadallah
We began distribution of food parcels on the very first day of the Israeli attacks and we were the first to provide relief to displaced families at the schools and other make-shift shelters throughout Gaza.
Since the ceasefire, MECA has delivered an additional 7044 food parcels to families in need including families whose homes were partially or totally destroyed, people who are day laborers and were unable to earn an income during the attacks, and any large families with the parents unemployed.
Due to a lack of spare parts because of the siege of Gaza and extensive damage to the water networks, thousands of families still have no water at home. MECA provided 100 families with new water tanks filled with clean drinking water and larger tanks with water for domestic use.
We have also provided hygiene kits to nearly 1000 displaced families who are not in the shelters. They are staying with friends or relatives or even in empty garages. Many of them left their homes quickly and without their belongings while Israeli bombs dropped around them.
Then after the attacks, we sent funds to a nonprofit private hospital in Khan Younis to sponsor 100 pediatric operations for patients whose treatment has been postponed because of the emergencies and they can't afford care at private hospitals.
In partnership with PaliRoots, we also provided funded for emergency needs to Ard Al-Insan who run clinics focused on treating child malnutrition. They have purchased medications, vitamins, and fortified milk for children plus special milk for children with PKU.
We are also procuring a new ambulance for Al-Awda Hospital to continue providing vital emergency services to Palestinians in Gaza.
While training is underway, we have begun a special project called The Musical Caravan Project. These outdoor concerts with local musicians aim to relieve some of the psychological stress of children living under occupation and siege in Gaza. The first show was in a MECA playground in Khuza'a village and brought joy to many kids.