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Miriam Margolyes on the power of ActionAid child sponsorship

For our Christmas appeal this year we are asking for your support to transform lives by sponsoring a child. In conflict-hit countries, millions of girls are living in fear. Child sponsorship helps us provide psychosocial services, family centres, school supplies and more, to help traumatised children rebuild their futures. Actress Miriam Margolyes has supported ActionAid for over 30 years. She visited our work in the occupied Palestinian territory and has seen first-hand the impact child sponsorship makes. She tells us what it means to be a child sponsor with ActionAid.

Ghalia was made homeless in the 2014 war. She sits with her family in Al Shouka, Gaza.

Why the Gaza blockade must be lifted

Posted in Blogs 3 years 11 months ago

Exactly one year ago today, Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire, ending the latest war in Gaza. The war claimed the lives of 2,251 Palestinians, 1,462 of whom were civilians and 551 were children. Six Israeli civilians and and 67 Israeli soldiers were also killed. More than 19,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged. One year on, not a single one has been fully rebuilt, because only 5% of the construction materials sent to Gaza have been allowed through the blockade, meaning thousands have been left to live in makeshift tents or temporary accommodation. We're launching a global petition with Avaaz and over 30 aid organisations to call on world leaders to end the blockade, to bring hope to the 1.8 million people in Gaza and especially the 100,000 people who remain homeless. Ghalia, 59, is just one of those 100,000 people. We share her experience of hardship over the last year.​

Children take water canisters to their shelters by cart in the city of Beit Hanoun, in northeast Gaza

Gaza six months after the ceasefire

Posted in Blogs 4 years 5 months ago

It’s exactly six months since Israel's shelling of Gaza ended. Thanks to donations to ActionAid through the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal we're still helping women and children like Ghada and Mahmood to recover from the trauma and rebuild their lives.

Families displaced from their homes in Gaza are sheltering in schools and other buildings

Yesterday I was in Gaza with ActionAid’s staff and volunteers on the ground who were giving out vouchers to help families whose homes have been either totally or partially destroyed in the conflict.