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Occupied Palestinian Territory
Support for Gaza and the West Bank – PSE121
Appeal Target: US$ 3,308,410
Funds received: US$ 35,000
Balance Requested: US$ 3,273,410
Geneva, 18 April 2012
During 2011 and the beginning of 2012, life in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) continued to be characterized by violence, poverty, insufficient access to water and health care. Power cuts have a negative impact on infrastructure such as schools, health facilities, desalination plants and other essential machinery. The psychosocial conditions, especially these of children living in Gaza, are another major concern which needs to be addressed. In the West Bank, displacement continued due to eviction and home demolition, lack of access to existing water resources and Israeli military and settler violence.
As a result, more than 70% of the population now depends on various forms of aid from international organizations in part because these agencies are the only ones able to bring many necessities into Gaza. Since 2008, ACT Palestine Forum (APF) members have provided support to people in need of humanitarian assistance in oPt with funds raised through appeals.
In 2012, ACT members are planning to continue supporting the neediest people in terms of health, education, economic support and agriculture. In addition the work on advocating for ending the blockade to reduce and alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people will also continue. Some activities will be carried out jointly with partners and some by member organization. To summarize the components of this appeal:
- NCA - Continuous support to Al-Ahli Arab Hospital
- LWF - Support to Augusta Victoria Hospital for cancer patients referrals from Gaza
- DSPR/MECC - Access to primary health care, cash grants, psychosocial support in Gaza
- IOCC with YMCA - support for Gaza, West Bank, and Jerusalem
- ELCJHL - psychosocial and educational support for students
- DCA for APF - advocacy strategy implementation
- DSPR/MECC - APF coordination
ACT Palestine Forum members are grateful for the financial support received through previous appeals and are ready to continue providing support to people in Gaza and the West Bank through the 12-month appeal on hand.
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