Emergency Relief fund report

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Update 10th May

Two more tents were provided by the team for displaced people to n Khan Younis and Al Zawaida areas.

Also Hygiene parcels are being delivered to 10’s of families. This is extremely needed with insects in the approaching summer making life very difficult for families in tented camps in Al Mawasy in Rafah and Khan Younis.

The team is also working on a very important and extremely needed project initiative: provision of water tanks in different neighbourhoods to support families . The water tanks are different sizes; 1m’3 to 5m’3. Hopefully the team will get the local municipalities to look after supplying water to these tanks.

A further 53 families which received nappies from Sheffield relief fund which brings the total so far to 4524 families helped by the Emergency Relief Fund.

Update 28th April

We are very pleased to report that at last I managed to contact the team from our partners “Never Stop Dreaming ” children centre in Khan Younis.

We are working with them resuming the children’s mobile unit activity to provide recreational and psychological support to children in the tented refugee camps in Rafah and Khan Younis.

Meanwhile a further 106 families received our Relief Fund support last week which brings the total so far to 4364 families.

Your support is still very vital and appreciated.

Update 23rd April

In the past few days the team has provided additional support for 84 families. They also managed to provide 60 families in the NORTH OF THE GAZA STRIP with 60 kgs of pure honey for their children.

This bring the total number of families who received our support so far to 4258.

Also we have provided tents for a number of families who have been forced to evacuate their homes or whose houses have been burnt down. or destroyed by bombs.

Update 10th April

In the past three days we have helped a further 95 families. This brings the total number of families who received our support to 4026.

This photo is on completion of building another tent, 3.7mx5.0m, for the El Jakhbeer family (22 members) who were forcefully evacuated from Khan Younis’s camp to Al Mawasy on Khan Younis beach.

Thanks once again for your solidarity.

Update 2nd April

We are very pleased to report that the team in Khan Younis and Rafah have resumed delivery of food parcels.

One of the team hands over an emergency relief parcel

85 additional families have now received cash and parcels. This brings the total number so far for families who received our support ( Food parcels, blankets, clothes, baby milk powder, Nappies and cash) to 3931 families.

We can also report that since the Emergency Fund started, £130K has been transferred to Gaza. A magnificent show of solidarity. Thank you to all our supporters for enabling Palestinian people to keep their dignity and humanity when facing a genocide.

Update 30th March

A wonderful initiative from Muhammad, who is leading our team of volunteers in the South of the Gaza Strip. Muhammad was a successful architect; and a senior Manager in Khan Younis Municipality, Dept. Of planning.There is not a better person to lead our team of volunteers on the ground.

Update 27th March

Photos of another tent which was built by the team in Deir El Balah for Mr Osama El Dirdasawy’s family.

  • The brave Palestinians receiving a solidarity gift from Sheffield

A further 73 families who received our cash support in Rafah and Khan Younis.

We have also allocated 500 food parcels for our fantastic and courageous team. All being well ; we will resume distribution of food parcels from next week. Thanks for your message ongoing support.

Update March 16th

72 families received the Sheffield Relief fund during the last four days.

This brings the total number of families who received our support, either cash or food parcels, to 3172.

The total number of families who received blankets, clothes, powdered milk and nappies to 420.

The team also started to provide colouring books to children in makeshift tented camps; a very impressive initiative.

Once again I would like to reiterate that we wouldn’t have been able to do this extremely needed support without your generous help. SOLIDARITY NOT CHARITY.

Update March 7th

We should be so proud of the work of our team on the ground in Khan Younis and Rafah. They managed to buy a supply of powdered milk and nappies ( this is an extremely difficult task. Please note that the preparation of the parcels and some of the deliveries are done inside a makeshift tent. All members of the team live in tents presently.

26 families have been provided with powdered milk and nappies and 45 more families who received our cash support.

This brings the total number of families which received support from our relief fund to 3100 families.

Update February 26th

Our team on the ground continues to help with supporting families with materials to build makeshift shelters ( plastic sheeting and insulation.

Their new initiative is to build two shelters completely (All materials needed and construction) for two displaced families

  • a family of 9 who had their house destroyed in Deir El Balah
  • a widow with 5 children who had her house destroyed and her husband killed by Israeli brothers bombing;

Following this , they will continue with other families. Other families, so far 149, have received cash, since support from the Emergency Fund has been resumed.

This increases the total number of families supported by our relief fund to 2911 families.

Update February 15th

After a period of difficulty transferring money we sent $3000 as a pilot.
We have been told this has arrived and have received a message from the team that they are preparing lists in Al Mawasy ( which had tens of thousands of internal refugees) and Rafah as follows:

  • Families of 4 members will receive : 100 IS (£23)
  • 6 members: 150 IS. (£35)
  • Over 6 members: 200 IS (£46)

This is an alternative to food parcels as the wholesalers who were helping had their two warehouses bombed ; they were forced to evacuate from Khan Younis to Rafah.

We have asked the team to allocate some of the money to buying powdered milk and blankets. Unfortunately nappies are extremely expensive , 130 IS /per pack of 30.

We will be transferring more money to different members of the team to shortly.

Update January 3rd

So far, we have provided 2409 food parcels to families since the start of the Israeli onslaught.

Also, the team delivered 40 packages to enable families in tents to seal their tents in Abu Daqqa land near the European hospital (between Rafah and Khan Younis).

Each package contains strong plastic sheeting (5m long 2.4m wide) and 8m long ng2m wide insulation sheeting material.

Your ongoing support is crucial to ensure we can help Palestinian people resist the Israeli war crimes.

Update December 26th

62 food parcels distributed to displaced families in Rafah and Khan Younis. Also 78 parcels distributed to families through our rep’s Zuhair Yahia, Ahmad Abu Moustafa in Khan Younis and Shadi Al Fajim who is now in Al Sawafi area in Rafah. This totals 140 food parcels in the last 10 days. This means that we provided 2256 food parcels to families since the start of the Israeli onslaught.

The circumstances of distribution continue to be very difficult as the Israel ‘Defence’ Force have forced people out of the Khan Younis area. Please continue your support

Update December 17th

Despite the horrific attack on Khan Younis area, the team managed during the last 10 days to distribute :

144 food parcels around Khan Younis county for displaced families; please see the lists below this brings the number of families who received our food parcels so far is 2116 .

winter clothes to more children and women bringing the number of children who receive our package to 216 and 85 women.

In the photo of the three children wearing their new coats, the boy on the left lost his parents , brothers and sisters and was the only survivor of the Israeli bombing of his family house; yet he is smiling.

Please keep your efforts to help us support people on the ground on the Gaza Strip who are being subjected to a barbaric vicious genocidal attack by the Zionists. Here is the team doing the amazing work:

Update December 2nd

In spite of the intensive horrific and large scale bombing of Khan Younis today the team managed to distribute clothes for 100 children as follows:

Prices of food in Gaza are now extremely high. The work Musheir has done on the ground has enabled volunteers to access supplies and so far 1831 families have had parcels of food or blankets or clothes.

  • 30 families sheltering in Khan Younis
  • A further 150 food parcels were distributed as well as 40 blankets since my last report
  • 75 for the small community of fishermen and women who are from The Beach, a camp and sheltering in Khan Younis.

The team on the ground deserves our utmost respect and appreciation

UPDATE November 20th:

Prices of food in Gaza are now extremely high. The work Musheir has done on the ground has enabled volunteers to access supplies and so far 1831 families have had parcels of food or blankets or clothes.

Every £400 pounds raised will feed 1000 people with rice and lentils.

Initial report on November 4th

One week after the war on Gaza started, Musheir -El Farra, chair of Sheffield PSC and his son Qasem, had managed to build a network of contacts to ensure they could distribute essentials for displaced people.

In between documenting the terrible damage to families and the place around them, these two brave Sheffielders set to work in order to make sure the funds you raised were put to good use.

Below are a series of entries from whatsapp messages Musheir sent us since October 13th.

On the night of 22nd October, Musheir’s cousins were killed by F16 air strikes. A terrible and exhausting night. But he continued to provide support the following day.

In all at least 747 families have been helped .

We copy all of his messages below for transparency. (Some detail has been removed for confidentiality)

Thank you Sheffield!

13th October

So far managed to secure support to 10 families (200 IS £45 each)in Khan Younis town and camp. Will try to reach more devastated areas later today.  Thousands of families are in desperate need of support

Just about to leave to a whole saler to provide 10 more  food parcels for very needy families, this brings the number so far to 20 families. The names were picked from a  list of needy people on Palestine Vanguard data base.

At the wholesaler ; preparing food parcels ( very impressive ones; according to the owner,twice the normal amount, see the photo with two blue bags). They include  Two kg of Rice, 4 tins of Corned beaf, 4 packets of Pasta,Two kg of  lintels , 7 tins of Broad Beans,one kg salt , 2 kg ofsugar, tea, 3 Litres of vegitable , 7 packets of white cheese, Tahini, Two tins of Apricot Jam,  and 100 tea bags. 15 families are waiting , I told them that this is a PRESENT from your friends in Sheffield Britain. I will not film them. Other photos are for volunteers preparing the parcels.  This arrangement will ensure that we will provide support for very needy families without any crowding from neighbours  and chaos if we go to the houses.

12 more families will receive their food parcels tomorrow at 11 AM.  Thanks for your generous support

The number for tomorrow increased to 15 families tomorrow at 11 AM. Some of them are from Beit Hanoun, at the very north of the Gaza Strip. The number so far is 41 families

14th October

43 more families among the most needy will receive food parcels.  Please thank everyone for their support.

They will receive thier parcels tomorrow

15th October

So far I managed , on  your behalf to secure food parcels for 179 families and counting;  in Khan Younis, Bani Suhaila , Mae’in ,  31 to the Beach camp in n Gaza, 5 to Al Zawaida in the middle of the Gaza Strip. This comes to $8950 , approx. £7300. 

18th October

More support for families from Sheffield PSC

Some as far as Jabalia, Gaza city , Shijaiyah shekh Ridhwan.

Many out of these names are cancer patients who are in desperate need of food and help.  

The number of families which we supported so far is 233 families.

Total amount is $11,640 plus $1440 for the batteries.

22 October

Help was given this morning by donations from Sheffield PSC and friends to 28 displaced families in Khan Younis.

$50 a family  They had to leave their homes under bombing or the threat of bombing. Families from as far as El Shati camp, Gaza city, Rafah, Abasan,Khuza’a and El Qarrara.

We have helped 327 families so far; many more to come in the coming days.

I provided 56 blankets for families from Abasan and Khuza’a who were displaced to Khan Younis.

Real difficult circumstances for these women; it was really difficult to distribute as they were desperate for the blankets.  I will continue with distribution of blankets as a second line of support

23rd October

Support this morning for 16 more families, most of them were forced to leave their homes under bombing and are sheltering in Khan Younis.

My heart is bleeding for the loss of my beloved relatives Hatim  and Aziz and their families but we carry on

26th October

Dear all: on your behalf and because of your generous donations , I managed yesterday  to provide 102 families  with food parcels.

This brings the number we have supported to 445 so far. Thanks for your humanity.

30th October

Dear all: 138 food parcels were distributed today on behalf of Sheffield PSC and donations from kind friends worldwide , 11 families were given cash to families plus 60 blankets.  Thanks for your humanity.

We give the parcels as a PRESENT from you; we tell people that we respect what they are going through. You will notice many families from Shijaiyah in Gaza received support. Also from Al Mawasy.

1st November

As a result of generous donations , we managed during the last three days, we delivered  164  food parcels to needy families from allover the Gaza Strip who had to flee the bombing in the north and locals from Khan Younis