Did you know that food insecurity in Gaza affects 1.3 million people and is driven by high poverty and unemployment rates?
Once again, the blessed month of Ramadan is upon us, and we at KinderUSA would like to wish you and your families Ramadan Mubarak!
It is difficult to read many of the stories coming through from our field staff as they begin the Ramadan Farmers Fresh Food distribution. With over 68 per cent of households in the Gaza Strip food insecure, the reality on the ground speaks volumes with more people falling into poverty each year. It should have come as no surprise that when we sat down with our beneficiaries last year to map out future projects, they were clear, they wanted food.
The reason for growing numbers of food insecurity is limited, or no economic opportunity mostly due to the blockade, now in its 12th year. Mousa, a father of 7, is unemployed and relies on aid to feed his family. They live in a structure unfit and unsafe, cold in the winter and brutally hot in the summer. Field representatives interviewed Mousa during the vetting process of beneficiaries for the Ramadan fresh food distribution.
“I cannot provide food for my sons, there is no flour, and the fridge is empty. What difference, we have no electricity. This is not a life and I don’t know why we are still alive. I want my sons to live like all people in the world, but I cannot provide anything for them.” said Mousa through anger and tears.
Mousa expresses the level of hopelessness so many Gazan’s face today. KinderUSA will continue to support children and their families who rely on all of us to survive. For a cost of just $139 per family, we are able to increase food security and provide healthful food options during the month of Ramadan. Thank you to all who have already contributed. Our work is impossible without your continued support!