Your support remains critical during these uncertain times.
Concern mounts daily in Gaza with the potential spread of COVID-19. Like the United States, Gaza shops, restaurants, and schools are closed to contain the spread; however, the damage from a 14-year blockade of land, air, and sea further exasperates an economy already in shatters. The lack of medical equipment and supplies in Gaza is a reality many see as catastrophic should the virus spread further in one of the most densely populated places on earth. According to the World Health Organization as of 19 April, no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since 6 April, buying time for critical preparations.
With the first day of fasting approaching this Friday, KinderUSA’s Ramadan fresh food distribution begins after months of preparation working with farmers, chicken breeders, and women-headed households. Uniquely, this massive food distribution goes beyond serving one’s immediate food needs, it supports the local economy and empowers small scale local farmers and independent producers who have suffered from the severe hardships placed on them due to the blockade. Restricted access to modern technologies, materials, and open markets leaves these families struggling to keep their lands productive while contributing to the food security of the population.
Over the next month, KinderUSA will report on our efforts and the families we are serving. With so much need, the difficulty for our staff on the ground was making the decision of who is in the greatest need.
“Honestly, this was the hardest period for me. I know each year I say this, but each year it is worse than the last. We must hold our emotions until we are home, then we must hide from our families our pain. It is really hard.”Hana, KinderUSA Country Coordinator
KinderUSA continues to take all necessary measures to ensure our staff, partners, and beneficiaries are following proper safety protocols to this already vulnerable population. We remain humbled by our supporters who refuse to ignore the plight of the Palestinian people, and all of the people struggling today from a pandemic that recognizes no boundaries.
If you have not already, please sign up for our Ramadan Virtual Conversation Series featuring Professors Ilan Pappe, Juan Cole, and Dr. Mads Gilbert beginning May 2. In the meantime, please be safe and Ramadan Kareem.