Decades of conflict and political instability means that life remains precarious for many Palestinians. As a result poverty is rife. On average 30% of the population lives below the poverty line.
The ongoing crisis is the most damaging for children as many have been injured or killed whilst others have been traumatised through living in such a hostile and unrelenting environment.
Checkpoints, roadblocks and the construction of a huge 700km wall have restricted movement. Many Palestinians cannot travel to work, sell goods at market, or even access water.
Islamic Relief has been providing humanitarian relief in Palestine since 1994 and have always been on the ground, responding to frequent emergencies with emergency relief. Non-emergency work has included food distribution, medical relief and orphan sponsorship. Islamic Relief has also established educational enhancement centres, care programs for traumatized children and a school for the deaf.
We are providing both emergency support and more long-term projects to help improve people’s livelihoods. Our priority is to help vulnerable families to lift themselves out of poverty and to live as dignified a life as possible. We have a special focus on children and young people, helping to improve their education and employment prospects, as well as their psychological well-being.
Islamic Relief is providing widows in the Gaza Strip with higher education in order to equip them to become financially independent.
Our project is paying for the tuition fees, textbooks and educational materials transport to university for the two years it takes the widows to complete their degrees. The programme, which is now in its second year, aims to help women complete higher education, secure jobs and support their children.