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How is Islamic Relief delivering aid into Gaza?
Islamic Relief has been on the ground, operating in Gaza 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.
However, while we have disaster preparedness plans in place for escalations like this — the destruction is too great. And our resources are running low.
Islamic Relief teams in Gaza and their families are facing huge safety concerns, suffering from the loss of their homes and loved ones. Our priority for now is their safety above all else. As a result our distributions are slowly coming to a halt until it is safe to resume again.
However, with that in mind – your donation will still reach its destination. We will continue our work as soon as it’s safe to do so, alongside local partners in Gaza that have extensive experience in delivering aid in the region.
Islamic Relief is urgently calling for a humanitarian corridor to be put in place so that vital aid can be delivered safely to civilians.
The situation in Gaza?
The people of Gaza are no stranger to devastation. Ongoing violence and restrictions have severely impacted access to food, water, and healthcare in Gaza, leaving over 1.3 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Gaza.
For people across Gaza, life is incredibly challenging:
80% of the population are dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive (European Union, 2023)
65% of Gazans 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)
7 out of 10 households are food insecure (OCHA 2021)
How your donations are making a difference to the people of Gaza
Islamic Relief has been working in Gaza since 1997, reaching 530,000 individuals to date. 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.
Through your Gaza donations, our team is able to:
Distribute emergency food packs and facilitate access to clean drinking water
Create sustainable livelihood opportunities for 755 farmer families by planting olive trees and providing essential tools for cultivation and irrigation
Rehabilitate damaged hospitals and supply them with equipment, essential drugs and capacity-building support
Enroll children in recreational therapy and psychosocial services
Your support for Gaza is helping our teams to deliver vital medical, food, water, and psychosocial support to Gazans in need.
How does Islamic Relief ensure transparency and accountability in its operations?
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.
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Islamic Relief works with communities to strengthen their resilience to calamities, and we provide vital emergency aid when disasters occur.
We help the impoverished access basic services, including education, water and sanitation, as well as healthcare. We provide lasting routes out of poverty through our sustainable development schemes. Our integrated approach to progress is transforming communities worldwide.
We tackle the root causes of poverty and make sure that the world’s most vulnerable people have real influence in both our programs and advocacy.
Our key values, of compassion, justice, custodianship, sincerity and excellence – a critical part of our Islamic faith - inspire us each and every day to create positive change and remember the sanctity of life.
In line with Islamic teachings on the value of every human life, we provide assistance to whoever needs it most, regardless of race, religion or gender. We work to transform and save lives of people in crisis both Canada and across the world.
Let us share the khair from the blessings Allah has bestowed upon us.
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