The Disasters Emergency Committee Cymru (DEC) has announced that it will launch an appeal on Friday 8 August for people affected by the conflict in Gaza. Donations are already being accepted via the DEC website and 24 hour donations line.
The appeal is being launched after hundreds of thousands of people fled their homes with many needing not only shelter but food, water, household items and often medical care. There are now 65,000 people in Gaza who have seen their homes severely damaged or destroyed.
Although there is only a temporary truce, DEC Cymru member agencies are rapidly increasing the level of assistance they are providing. Some agencies had worked through the fighting despite the considerable risks involved and others have responded when and where lulls in the fighting allow.
Aid delivered so far includes:
· Oxfam is delivering safe water to up to 175,000 people per day
· British Red Cross partners are supporting emergency medical services.
DEC Cymru Chair Kirsty Davies said:
"Since the conflict began four weeks ago, over half a million people in Gaza have been forced from their homes. Many are taking refuge in overcrowded UN shelters and are in need of food assistance. One and a half million people have little or no access to water or sanitation and many in Gaza are in need of urgent medical care from a health system on the verge of collapse."
"The people of Gaza were heading towards breaking point even before the conflict began. Now there is a humanitarian emergency effecting virtually every man, woman and child in Gaza. The DEC Cymru member agencies and their partners are on the ground but they need funds to meet the huge needs. They are relying on the generosity of the Welsh people to make a difference in Gaza."
All major broadcasters will be carrying the DEC appeal including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and S4C.
To make a donation to the DEC Gaza Crisis Appeal visit http://www.dec.org.uk, call the 24 hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post
office, or send a cheque. You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.
Visitors to the National Eisteddfod tomorrow will also be able to make donations on the maes.
What your money will buy:
· £25 can buy 150 bandages
· £50 can feed five families for a day
· £100 can provide an emergency shelter kit and blankets for one family
Stay up to date with developments in Gaza, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts with the DEC on twitter: http://twitter.com/decappeal or on Facebook