Emergency support for Palestinians

by ActionAid USA
Emergency support for Palestinians
Emergency support for Palestinians
Emergency support for Palestinians
Emergency support for Palestinians
Emergency support for Palestinians
Emergency support for Palestinians

Project Report | Aug 16, 2018
Your donation kept water flowing in Gaza

By Marie Clarke | Executive Director

Thanks to your donation, Yusra and her family have been able to claim their right to water and electricity, and will continue to do so until their basic services are no longer under threat.

Living conditions for Yusra's family have been deteriorating during the electricity crisis. Under the Israeli occupation, Palestinian families like theirs experience an average of 20 hours of blackout per day. This makes it impossible to pump enough water to meet their basic needs and has caused major health problems.

Your support enabled Yusra and  other leaders in her community to take action and demand access to the water they urgently needed. Yusra is a member of her local community committee, which works alongside ActionAid to identify and address pressing problems in her town. Over the past three months, the emergency plan that we co-developed – and which you helped fund – distributed 50,000 liters of fuel to run water pumps, sewage treatment pumps, and garbage collection trucks. Together, we made everyday life in these outrageous conditions a little safer and healthier for more than 300,000 people.

Now, thanks to a generous $30,000 donation from one of our supporters, we’re able to keep water pumping in Gaza for an additional two months.

Yusra’s committee is women-led- a group of courageous leaders who have spent the last year speaking out about the electricity injustice, meeting with their local officials to better understand the situation, co-designing response plans with ActionAid staff, and coordinating with the community to make them a success.

“I practiced mobilization and advocacy skills I gained to defend our rights, encouraging other women to be engaged in such empowering activities and to take a valuable role in our community,” Yusra told us. She knows from experience that it takes broad, consistent support to affect real change. “I believe that together we can make our life better.”

As you can see, our emergency response is bigger than just providing fuel or meeting basic needs. It’s about investing in people who make real change possible.

Every single day, Yusra and this team are advocating for their community’s basic rights, and you have stood with them. There are many challenges ahead of them, but I truly believe that through amazing women leaders like Yusra, a just, equitable, and sustainable world is on its way to becoming a reality.

Thank you for making it possible.


In gratitude,


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ActionAid USA

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Twitter: @actionaidusa
Project Leader:
Katherine Coe
Washington , DC United States

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