ActionAid is responding to the emergency in Gaza. Please donate now.
Although the bombing has stopped, the humanitarian need in Gaza is acute. Thousands of people have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.
ActionAid’s local staff are on the ground to provide essential supplies and support for traumatised women and children.
We urgently need your help. Please donate now.
ActionAid's response to the Gaza crisis
ActionAid’s local staff and partners are on the ground in Gaza City and Khan Younis.
With vital services shut, ActionAid will be providing essential supplies to families including blankets, mattresses, cooking gas, hygiene kits, and nappies for babies.
Women and girls are at the forefront of our response.
- We are planning to reach 1,660 displaced families, that is 7,248 people.
- We aim to purchase medicine for those in urgent need.
- We also intend to provide fuel for generators and mobile clinics.
- We are reaching out to women and children living in shelters in Gaza City and Khan Younis who need psychological support.
How your donation makes a difference
Your gift to the Gaza crisis appeal can help people in urgent need
Why we need your help
The recent attacks in Gaza and East Jerusalem spiralled quickly after rising tensions in the region.
Approximately two million Palestinians are living in the Gaza strip and there are 19 refugee camps in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The attacks damaged homes and essential infrastructure, with electricity only available for 3-4 hours each day in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. 230,000 people in the towns of Gaza and Khan Younis had very limited access to drinking water.
Samah Kassab, a senior programme officer at ActionAid Palestine, said:
The situation is very difficult and terrifying. This is the worst violence that people have experienced for years.
Raids have hit more than 500 housing blocks.
This destruction displaced thousands of families who are already struggling under the dire economic conditions caused by the 15-year blockade.”
Failing crops in Zimbabwe
Rumbudzai, 18, is from Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe. Her baby daughter Charmaine is almost two years old.
Rumbudzai told us she and Charmaine are able to eat only once a day because the increasingly poor rainfall pattern in Zimbabwe means their crops keep failing.
"The crops we are planting are not getting to maturity... Now the rains also come in December, we had planted, and a dry spell came, and they wilted," she said.
When Cyclone Idai rains came the crops had wilted already and we did not harvest anything.
ActionAid and our local partners have distributed food aid to 49,000 people in Manicaland Province, including Rumbudzai and Charmaine, but we need to reach many more.
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We operate in rural and urban communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America.
We're committed to ending the cycle of violence in communities around the world, enabling women's economic empowerment, and supporting women's and girls' rights during humanitarian crises.
Where your money goes
90% of your donation will go directly to our Gaza Crisis 2021 Appeal.
10% of your donation will be retained for ActionAid’s Emergency Action Fund which will only be used for ensuring we are prepared and able to respond quickly and more effectively to future emergencies and crises.
If the total amount raised for this appeal exceeds the funds needed for the response, ActionAid will transfer the remaining balance to the Emergency Action Fund. All Gift Aid claimed on donations will fund ActionAid’s work across the world, wherever the need is greatest.
Top photo: Recent violence in Gaza and other parts of the occupied Palestinian territory have destroyed homes and displaced people. Photo courtesy of Samar Abu Elouf/OCHA
Page updated 15 August 2021