BENEFITING: Islamic Relief USA
It’s been more than a year since the most recent mass conflict, in July 2014 in Gaza, which resulted in destruction and devastation beyond measure —communities are still working hard to rebuild whatever they can, and Islamic Relief staff continue to provide emergency humanitarian aid to help with recovery. In addition to ongoing work, this year, IRUSA donors provided Ramadan food packages to those affected inside Gaza. Decades of political instability have stifled economic development across Palestine. The vast majority of Palestinians, living inside the territories, and living as refugees in neighboring regions, depend on international aid for survival. Even with aid, one in three, Palestinians in the territories was food insecure in 2012, and food insecurity was on the rise in both the West Bank and Gaza. Unemployment rose in 2012, and real wages have been declining for years. Continued violence throughout Palestine has severely affected the most vulnerable section of the population—the children. Many Palestinian children suffer from psychological trauma. Islamic Relief has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994, and Islamic Relief Palestine opened its office there in 1998 so that long-term development projects could be implemented and overseen by people in the field.