The continued deterioration on the ground in Gaza, coupled with a blockade now entering its 13th year of land, sea, and air, has pushed more and more families to the brink further eroding their ability to afford basic needs just in order to survive. More than two-thirds of Gaza’s’ population is food insecure and more than 90% lack access to clean water with a health system on the verge of collapse.
Bassam, the father of 8 children, the youngest being 1, lives in a 2 room structure with no windows, situated on the border near Beit Lahia where flooding occurred recently and violence is ongoing. Unemployed like more than 50% of the male population, Bassam relies on humanitarian assistance to feed his family.
“I cannot move around and leave the house because of continued aggression and bombing. How do I leave my family with the sounds of explosions that happen around us? They are in fear and so am I,” said Bassam.
A recipient of KinderUSA’s Emergency Food Distribution program, Bassam and his family are just one of the 450 families who received fresh food parcels and dairy sourced from 18 local farmers whose families also benefited.
“I did not receive any food aid in the previous period and when I received this, it was needed and my family was very happy. The quantity and quality was some we have not had since Ramadan. I do not have money to buy this type of food for my family. This was the biggest blessing I could ask,” said Bassam.
Palestinians, and children in particular, continue to face enormous challenges paying the highest price for a reality not of their making. We are helping as best we can, but we do need your continued support. Please consider making an online donation today and help us help the most vulnerable. Thank you.