Emergency Relief in Gaza After Cast Lead 2009

May 20, 2013 ANERA
Emergency Response, Gaza, Health, Humanitarian Relief, In-Kind Medical and Relief, Psychosocial, Recovery and Reconstruction, School Infrastructure, Water and Sanitation
In December 2008-January 2009, Gaza suffered 22 days of bombing. Many families lost their homes, schools, shops, farmland, and access to food and medicine. In the aftermath, ANERA helped them pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives.

The Reality

In December of 2008, Israeli forces entered Gaza in what was known as “Operation Cast Lead.” The conflict lasted 22 days and resulted in more than one thousand deaths in Gaza. Farmland and homes were destroyed. With farms and factories destroyed, many families had lost their source of income.

The military operation, air strikes and bombings traumatized Gaza families. An assessment in the aftermath revealed that three out of four children were depressed, having trouble sleeping and showing signs of withdrawal and fear. The study also showed that parents experienced severe depression and anxiety.

ANERA’s Response

Delivered $9 million worth of medicines,health care supplies, blankets, school kits, kitchen sets, hearing aids and sports equipment to Gaza during the war and the year after it ended.

Distributed vitamin-enriched milk and biscuits to more than 25,000 preschoolers from our Milk for Preschoolers program supplies.

Distributed $1.6 million worth of food to families in Rafah, Khan Younis and Gaza City.

Delivered 11,000 personal hygiene kits.

Distributed chickens to 450 families for breeding and egg harvesting to ensure food security.

Reconnected 412 families to water systems using materials available in Gaza.

Repaired damaged preschools and clinics with recycled materials available in Gaza.

Organized special activities to address the psychological and emotional damage in badly damaged areas of Gaza.

Purchased (with funds pooled by ANERA’s Gaza staff) crayons and book bags for 170 children who had lost all their school supplies in the bombings.