With a population of over two million people on just over 140 square miles of land, Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on earth.

The Gaza Strip

A decade of blockade along Gaza’s borders has stifled its economy. Many goods are banned from export and import, including farmers’ produce and vital medicines. As a result, poverty is rife in Gaza and its residents face a severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies.

Many hospitals lack modern medical supplies to treat Gaza’s sick. They face shortages of supplies like blood bags and common medications. The thousands of Palestinians who live with disabilities struggle with inaccessible facilities and inadequate care. Many in Gaza fall ill from water that is not potable and the poor sanitation that pervades communities without sewage networks. Basic life essentials like water and electricity are at a severe shortage. Due to inconsistent support from Gaza's fuel and electricity providers, power cuts occur daily. Faucets often run dry.

Gaza Power Crisis

With only a few hours of electricity available every day, Gaza residents have a power crisis. Electric power purifies water, runs farming equipment and hampers access to electronics vital to professional development. Since Gaza's citizens aren't informed when the power will come on, they often have to drop everything to get chores and other tasks done when the lights turn on. Life in Gaza revolves around unreliable electricity, making it difficult to focus on anything else.

Gaza Relief Organizations

Several non-government organizations, including Anera, support Gaza by providing critical supplies and infrastructure to its residents. Anera works as part of a network of aid groups that offers health care assistance and responds to the Gaza food crisis, and also provides other resources required to meet basic needs. Anera trains preschool teachers, builds classrooms and water networks, delivers relief and health care supplies and much more. Together, we can improve the lives of Gaza residents, one step at a time.

BY THE NUMBERS

The Situation in Gaza

41.2%

unemployment rate in Gaza – the highest in the world.

The 10-year blockade has stifled the economy.

60%

of Gaza's population is made up of refugees.

They were displaced from their original towns in 1948 and 1967.

3-4 hours

of electricity per day.

Some communities go days without any electricity at all.

What Happens When You Donate to Gaza

A restricted economy and lack of resources make life difficult for residents of the Gaza Strip. Despite these challenges, you can help people in Gaza lead dignified lives. With your support, Anera has been able to alleviate some of the countless difficulties Gaza’s people face. We ship vital medicines, blood bags and equipment to its hospitals. We build and renovate facilities to treat its people living with disabilities. We install water and sewage networks so that streets are clean and dry, and homes have reliable access to water. Schools that have been damaged through war have been rebuilt and renovated. We’re building preschools and training teachers so that Gaza’s children get the education they deserve.

When you donate to Gaza, you’re helping ensure that Anera can provide relief during emergencies. Anera is one of the few Gaza aid and relief organizations that can consistently and reliably bring in much needed supplies, like medicine, food and clothes. To learn more about why, read our Gaza FAQs.

Anera employs staff members who live in the communities they serve, so they understand what their neighbors need to live dignified lives. For more information about our work in Palestine, see our general FAQs.

A Gaza father and son enjoy picking fresh veggies and cooking a healthy meal together on their small Gaza farm.

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