Towards a safer community and mitigating instability in the local community infrastructure, we have focused on providing assistance to women, children, person with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations in Gaza, the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt)
Starting in July 2014, Gaza experienced over 50 days of armed conflicts which have begun with a massive military attack by the Israeli forces. At JPF, we launched the Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Assistance Program in August 2014, and continued to extend the program a year at a time while we provided assistance in food security, emergency relief items, , WASH (water & sanitation), agriculture, medical assistance, child protection and livelihood. Particularly, We have paid special attention to those who were considered socially vulnerable such as women, children, and persons with disabilities. tOur program focuses on preventing further deterioration of their living conditions as well as promoting resilience of the people in Gaza.
2 years have already passed since the conflict, but reconstruction in Gaza has been stalled due to various reasons including Israeli economic blockade, and socio-political conditions remain chaotic. Given these points, JPF continues our assistance until the end of February 2017.
About 1.3 million people suffered from around 50 days of bombing.
We have implemented activities that support the local community infrastructure and livelihood of those whose lives were impacted by the blockade strictly limiting the movement of people and goods.
On July 7, 2014, massive military attack by the Israeli forces began in Gaza after three Israeli young men were abducted and killed in the West Bank in mid-June, followed by an abduction and killing of a Palestinian boy in July. The armed struggle continued for over 50 days. This has resulted in the death and injury of many civilians, and affected the lives of about 1.9 million residents of Palestinian territories. This is why Japan Platform (JPF) decided to mobilize the "2014 Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Aid Program" on July 30, 2014.
During the Initial Response Period of about six months from August 10, 2014 to January 31, 2015, 4 JPF Member NGOs, with local partner organizations, distributed goods -- including food, clothes, and school supplies -- and provided warm meals, medical aid, child protection, and agricultural aid. (1 Member NGO only conducted research during this time.) As there are very strict limitations on the movement of resources, equipment, and people into and out of Gaza, not enough aid has been delivered to those in need, and there remains the need for humanitarian aid.
1.3 million residents of Gaza (*1) are still in need of aid. Urgent aid is required in every sector and cluster including food provision, shelter, NFI (non-food items), protection, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), health/nutrition, education, and CFW (cash-for-work) programs. It has also become necessary for the aid providers to cooperate with each other in order to prevent the further deterioration of the most vulnerable populations.
At JPF, we have taken into account these ongoing conditions and are continuing this program for another year, designating Mach 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016 as the Emergency Response Period.
Voice from the Field
I got smiles back in my life thanks to PARCIC's livelihood assistance program for female-headed households, which included animal feed production training and distribution of livestock.
As I am raising five children on my own, it was difficult finding work outside the home. In the past, I sold chicken eggs to make a living. This had gotten on track and I had expanded from just eggs to pigeons, rabbits, and sheep, but the Gaza crisis in 2014 made my house as well as my animals perished. Since then, I had given up on raising animals, but thanks to the livelihood assistance program for female-headed households, I got smiles back in my life. Now, I am engaged in egg production with the ten hens I have, in addition to breeding and selling rabbits that were distributed through this program. - Beneficiary of a PARCIC project