Our Role in Palestine
When disaster strikes, HCI is there to provide lifesaving aid to the most vulnerable. We respond with food, medical supplies, and solutions to help rebuild essential services including schools, clean water, sanitation, and even winter relief which benefits those who need it most, including women and children, the elderly, and those living with disabilities. Ultimately, we aim to address immediate needs, and rebuild people’s lives.
During active conflicts, our response must be different. The situation on the ground can change rapidly; we face challenges in protecting our beneficiaries and their families while ensuring our staff are safe. When our response is focused on distribution of medical supplies, food, or shelters, we often face barriers in purchasing these goods in the fragile local markets, and under international sanctions. This does not stop our work- we adapt, and overcome these challenges to deliver essential humanitarian aid in an ethical and efficient way to be amongst the first responders on the ground.
We partner with local organizations and voices straight from the community that are experiencing the conflict first-hand, to better understand the situation as it emerges. We are responsive and adaptable because of our strong, resilient partners, and coordination between organizations and the community is the key to our impact on the ground. It is more important now than ever before for large donors and everyday supporters of our work to give what they can for the people of Palestine.
HCI is listening to the communities on the ground, and we have maintained a strong community support role for years. We don’t need to mobilize to begin helping families in Gaza; we are already in place to help.
Our correspondent and Officer Ahmed Al-Raai, explained the situation from his home in Gaza merely ten minutes after airstrikes hit his neighbourhood. “The people of Gaza were living under poverty and under siege for 15 years—this country and the people here are suffering from a combination of poverty, war, and the COVID-19 pandemic…which touched every street in Gaza.” We must need the needs of those living in Gaza, and we do this through generous support of donors and the tireless work of our team on the ground.
We have a history of implementing programs in Gaza: HCI has constructed desalination units, repaired and upgraded homes that have been damaged by shelling and bombings, and provided emergency food kits and food baskets during times of celebration. We have been able to constantly help the people of Gaza during their time of need.
Our three-part plan for Gaza is focused on providing essential medical aid, psychological support and food to families in crisis. When it is safe to do so, our response will shift to home repairs to make sure families are safely sheltered. Our last phase is at the heart of our work: we will work to rebuild the community that we have been a part of for many, many years.
HCI has been proudly serving the Muslim community for 40 years, and through your generosity and support, our programs are continuously improving the lives of many vulnerable people. Each donation made enables us to further the mission of taking impoverished people from crisis to sustainability.
May 20, 2021
Human Concern International