For many parents, the most challenging part of the school day involves waking children from sleep and preparing them to leave the comfort of the home. Education is easily taken for granted.
In Palestine, however, recently publicized cuts to UNRWA funding threaten the one bright spot in the lives of thousands of Palestinian children – education. Make no mistake – Palestinian children in Gaza are under attack.
Palestinian children already encounter numerous obstacles to earning an education. Regular outbreaks of violence and deteriorating living conditions affect every aspect of life. More than 90 percent of schools in Gaza run double or even triple shifts to provide space for children whose home schools were either destroyed in successive wars or await the arrival of construction materials for repair. Educators work tirelessly, at times facing classrooms filled with in excess of 50 students. Meanwhile, Palestinian parents struggle to scrape together the funds necessary to purchase clothing and supplies for their children.
This school year, KinderUSA is providing uniforms, shoes, socks, undergarments, and backpacks to 500 children from needy families in Gaza, where new clothing is often considered a luxury. Your generous contribution helps put a little light in the lives of these innocent children.
FOR AS LITTLE AS $40, YOU CAN HELP THESE CHILDREN CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION AND THE JOURNEY TO A BETTER LIFE.
Imagine, for a minute, the life of the average child in Gaza. For more than a decade, thousands of Palestinian families have faced periodic invasions and a brutal, ongoing siege, living in unsafe shelters, drinking unsanitary water, surviving on whatever food is available, and managing on a few hours of electricity per day. The streets are not safe. The skies can bring death. Even rare outings to the beach are hazardous. For so many of these children, school is a refuge from the trauma of life under siege, life under constant threat of war – a chance to learn, to meet friends and play…a chance to be normal children.
Help us remind these children that they are not alone, that they are not forgotten.