MECA partner the Youth Vision Society writes below about the situation in Gaza and MECA’s work distributing food parcels with cleaning supplies to 1,250 families all over Gaza last week with our local partners. Many thanks to our generous supporters and amazing local partners for jumping in to help people survive in these difficult times. 

The Gaza Strip has been in a severe humanitarian crisis for the past 15 years, during which the coastal enclave was under land-sea-air blockade and faced multiple atrocities starting from the intra-Palestinian divide and ending up with three devastating Israeli attacks on Gaza. Unsurprisingly, these atrocities aggravated the situation and contributed to insanely increasing rates of unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity.

The Gaza Strip, as any spot in the world, has been afflicted with Covid-19, but for Gaza it has been different and tough; for it’s a densely populated area with an average of 5,500 people live per square kilometer. With the lockdown being strictly imposed by Gaza government, rates of unemployment and food insecurity have madly soared up. Accordingly, Gaza has been through gloomily bleak circumstances, yet luckily there always was the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) which passionately stepped up to help Gaza people. MECA is a non-profit organization working for the rights, lives, and wellbeing of children in the Middle East. MECA has exerted tireless efforts to help people in Gaza and its work not only proved successful, but also achieved solidarity among people. Fortunately, MECA has been able to reach out to a large number of the most impoverished in Gaza and thus provided them with food baskets and recently with hygiene kits to help to protect them from Covid-19. MECA will always keep its work up and offer a helping hand to the poor so that they can equally thrive.