Syrian refugees in Gaza, worried about family left behind, asked not to show their faces. 154 families sought refuge in Gaza when their homes in Syria were destroyed. They walked across to Lebanon, flew to Egypt, crossed to the Gaza Strip seeking specialized medical care, food, and jobs but now Gaza's economy is collapsing due to 12 years of blockade and the US cut of all aid. Please help these families get back on their feet with a 3-month job placement program and restorative medical care.
With 55% unemployment, there are no jobs for Gazans, much less refugee newcomers. The Syrian refugees receive food aid from the UN but struggle to pay rent. They need help to pay for extra medical care, buy notebooks, uniforms, shoes for their younger children and to cover university fees for their older ones. They need help finding jobs - and each potential employer also needs a way to pay the refugees for their work because sales are way down. Your help will offer a lifeline and hope.
Youth Vision Society (YVS), a Palestinian non-governmental org based in Gaza, is Rebuilding Alliance's lead partner to help Syrian refugees heal. We ask your help to launch a job placement program that matches each Syrian refugee with businesses in their field of expertise, giving each participating small business a grant to cover salaries of these new hires for 3 months, and the small businesses will hire them going forward, and pay half. Your donation also provide direct aid to their children.
Your support gives 154 Syrian Refugee families- a total of about 1540 people- a way to return to self-sufficiency. Parents will find jobs in their specialty, and training to help them advance. Children can study and grow up knowing that people care about their future. Kids with disabilities will be cared-for and have opportunity to excel despite challenges. As they help one another thrive, their network of support will grow too. Giving these families a hand in a time of need is life-changing.