If you’ve been following along with the news of what has been occurring in Gaza, it’s difficult not to become overwhelmed by the incredible pain of civilians in the area. The escalating violence, which has been wearing on the city (along with nearby areas, Jerusalem and the West Bank) for a very long time now, is not just destroying buildings; it’s taking lives and leaving many Palestinians displaced.
According to reports from SBS, 132 people – including 32 children and 21 women – have been killed in Gaza since May 10, with a further 950 people injured. The outlet states that a further eight people have been killed in Israel, including two children.
With no end to the violence in sight, we thought it would be useful to share some resources where folks can donate funds to families in communities suffering immeasurable loss right now.
Where can I donate funds to support children and refugees in Gaza?
Doctors Without Borders
MSF (Medecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders) has been working to support Palestinian civilians in areas like the West Bank and Gaza for some time now. Here they offer access to psychological support, along with medical care for everything from COVID-19 to serious injuries.
CARE has been operating out of Palestinian Territories for some 73 years. The website states that the organisation works with 1.5 million people across the West Bank and Gaza.
This Australian Foundation is focused on supporting Palestinian children by providing financial aid, healthcare, education and general support.
Another Australian-based organisation, Human Appeal is dedicated to ending poverty and social injustice. The foundation offers aid for families and children in Gaza.
The United Nations
As you may be aware, the UN has a series of agencies dedicated to offering aid in communities that need it. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has a base in Australia that focuses on the needs of refugees impacted by major humanitarian crises (Yemen, Syria, Venezuela, Rohingya/Bangladesh, etc.). The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) supports Palestinian refugees specifically, though this branch does not have an Australian base.
The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) seeks to support disadvantaged children around the world, including Palestinian children.
Australian Red Cross
Though not based in Gaza (or the Middle East at all) the Australian Red Cross does raise funds for refugees living in Australia. Donations here can help families source food, pay bills and attend medical appointments.
This article on how to donate to people in Gaza has been updated since its original publish date.