Gaza Crisis Appeal

In Gaza, the lives of thousands of people have been destroyed after a month of bombing. Hospitals and homes have been turned to rubble. Livelihoods have been wiped out. 

Oxfam is there providing vital water and sanitation, and food vouchers to help people cope with the crisis. Our emergency response is now helping more than 380,000 people.

A permanent ceasefire and lasting solution is needed.

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Photo: Iyad Al-Baba

The situation

An estimated 1,800,000 people in the Gaza Strip are affected by the escalating violence in the region. Civilians make up the majority of casualties - around 75%.

  • More than 2,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed and more than 10,000 have been injured.
  • At least 450,000 people - a quarter of Gaza's population - have fled their homes.
  • Around 100,000 people have had their homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair.
  • The destruction of the main power plant and electricity lines means most homes are now getting between 3 and 6 hours of power a day.
  • Hundreds of thousands of people have no or extremely restricted access to safe water.

Oxfam's response

What Oxfam is doing right now

Oxfam teams are working hard to respond to the mounting humanitarian needs, and we have now helped more than 250,000 people affected by the crisis so far. Our emergency response has included:

  • delivering safe drinking water (3 litres a day) to 250,000 people in shelters and hospitals.
  • installing generators to pump water to 40,000 people.
  • providing emergency food vouchers to 13,000 families (around 87,500 people).
  • supporting medical services (through support to a hospital, health centres and mobile clinics) for about 42,000 people.
  • distributing hygiene kits to 1,950 people.

Many Oxfam staff and partners have themselves been affected and had to flee their homes.

Oxfam is calling on both sides to agree a lasting solution to the conflict. For that to happen there must be an end to the seven year old Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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Photo: Iyad al Baba

Oxfam is now delivering around 3 litres of water a day to up to 175,000 people who have fled their homes.

Oxfam programmes in Gaza

Oxfam and our partners' humanitarian and development work helps around 350,000 people in Gaza impoverished by the Israeli blockade. We work with farmers and fishermen who are prevented from accessing their livelihoods, and support a hospital and mobile clinic to provide primary healthcare. We supply safe water and sanitation, and run a food-voucher project that ensures families have enough to eat and supports the local economy. We help local producers improve the quality of their produce and get it to market, and we help local civil society to advocate for their rights.

We also provide emergency aid during military escalations and humanitarian crises - treating water supplies to make it safe to drink and carrying out public health campaigns, distributing food vouchers, and supporting a local hospital and health centres to cope with increased demand. Oxfam is doing whatever we can - we are distributing emergency food vouchers to families who have fled their homes and we aim to resume work that is currently on hold as soon as security allows.

Donate to Oxfam's Gaza Crisis Appeal 

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