Send help and hope to Gaza
On October 7, Hamas launched a major rocket and a series of ground attacks on neighbouring Israel. Israel responded with a series of air strikes and a declaration of war on the densely populated Gaza Strip. Heavy bombardments continue and people living in the north have been instructed by Israel to evacuate. By January 17, 2024, at least 24,448 Palestinians and 186 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Gaza. The revised death toll in Israel from the attack is 1,139 people.
The airstrikes have destroyed schools, healthcare facilities, telecommunication infrastructure and many homes. Israel has retaliated by cutting off water and electricity supplies to Gaza. It has closed all borders and is bombing the southern border region with Egypt. Tensions are increasing in the West Bank and Jerusalem, resulting in further casualties.
The need for a ceasefire is urgent but so is a reliable humanitarian corridor to get vital supplies into Gaza.
Nearly 85% of the population – 1.9 million people have been displaced in Gaza. They are in urgent need of food, water, shelter and safety.
Please donate what you can today.
“The people of Gaza are living in harrowing conditions with limited resources, and we cannot stand idly by while they suffer… Our collective efforts can make a significant difference in the lives of those trapped in this nightmarish situation.”
Donations to the Gaza Palestine Emergency Appeal will support our local partner the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) to meet people’s urgent needs.
DSPR is preparing to help many more people with:
- food and cash transfers
- hygiene kits
- medications and medical treatment
- psychosocial support
DSPR ran three health clinics: Darraj, Shiijaya and Rafah in Gaza and will work with three hospitals in Jerusalem. The primary health clinic is currently operating in Rafah, providing vital health services to around 400 patients a day. ACT Alliance is responding.
CWS was horrified by the attack on the Al Ahli Arab Hospital. Our partner church, the Anglican Missions Board is appealing for this hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.