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Refugee children from northern Gaza receiving aid from Palestine Children's Relief Fund

Refugee children from northern Gaza receiving aid from Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.

Can’t bear to stand by another second and do nothing while the occupied Palestinians in Gaza undergo unbearable suffering from Israeli bombardment and raids (but you don’t feel like you have the power to change events)? I can’t, so I’m giving money. Food, shelter, water and healthcare, appropriate for a war zone, already in short supply, must be desperately needed. Here, in no particular order, is a non-exclusive list of organizations (hyperlinked to their web sites) that are working in Gaza now and need support.

UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Organization for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) is the UN organization that runs those schools that the Israeli’s keep shelling, most recently two days ago when ten people were killed and many wounded, prompting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to call it “a moral outrage and a criminal act.” UNRWA staff have been among the victims of this and other violence. Global News reports that the staff of UNRWA, which runs 82 schools and provides food, shelter to over 200,000 displaced Palestinians, are at a “breaking point” trying to deal with this humanitarian crisis. Tax deductible donations in the US can be made through US Friends of UNRWA, a 501(c)(3) .

For those who prefer to donate through a somewhat smaller organization,
The Jerusalem Fund is a Washington based 501(c)(3) that does cultural, educational and humanitarian work on behalf of Palestinians in particular those living in the Occupied Territories and surrounding refugee camps. Its “Humanitarian Link” gives small grants to needy hospitals, schools, orphanages and human rights groups. Its Emergency Gaza Appeal promises that 100% of donations to this appeal will be earmarked for humanitarian relief and rebuilding in Gaza.

Another smaller but effective organization, Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is a US-based non-profit humanitarian aid organization that has delivered millions of dollars in food, medicine and medical supplies to children in the West Bank and Gaza, Iraq and Lebanon. According to its web site, MECA provides financial assistance for community projects in the West Bank and Gaza such as sports teams, arts programs, English classes, computer technology, media training, playgrounds and psychosocial support. MECA is currently seeking emergency aid for children in Gaza— food, milk, medicine.

The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund has an urgent Gaza fund. “PCRF is responding to this ongoing crisis by identifying injured kids and providing them with critical medical care, as well as providing poor, displaced families with the urgent humanitarian aid that is needed.” Writes one donor on the site: “I hope this sand grain will be useful, somehow…”

Three other larger organizations that do critical work on behalf of the Palestinians are: Save the Children-Gaza Children in Crisis; Medecins sans Frontieres (call 1-888-392-0392 to earmark your gift to their Gaza relief efforts which appear to be mostly in the important area of trauma counseling); the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies); and CARE (West Bank/Gaza crisis).

A website called Gaza Siege lists these and other organizations that work in Gaza and seems very comprehensive both in terms of the relief organizations it lists as well as background and current information and reports.

Update: Since the August 5th posting of “Where You Can Donate to Help Gaza”, readers have identified a number of other organizations working to provide relief in Gaza, all of which really need support at this time of such unimaginable suffering at the hands of the Israelis: Medical Aid For Palestinians, a UK based organization;  Catholic Relief Services , a 501(c)(3) which allows for earmarking donations to Gaza as a “special request” on its web site; ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid), a 501(c)(3) operating since 1968 with over 80 full time staff operating in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon; United Palestinian Appeal, a 501(c)(3); Islamic Relief USA, a 501(c)(3); and the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) (contributions by check only/no credit cards).

We will update this post as we learn of other organizations providing relief. Our site cannot endorse or vouch for the validity of organizations’ efforts, but see this list as a service for those who want to give to relieve the suffering. –Ed.

John Fearey
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  1. just
    just on August 5, 2014, 10:31 am

    Thank you for this valuable resource. UNWRA is a particular favorite of mine.

    (I know where we can get 3+ billion dollars…)

    • adele
      adele on August 5, 2014, 11:13 am

      John,
      Many many thanks for putting this information together. It is very useful and I will share it with others.

      Another organization which you may want to add to the this list is Medical Aid for Palestinians, a UK-based organization. http://www.map-uk.org/

  2. Madrid
    Madrid on August 5, 2014, 10:35 am

    Here is the link to how to donate to Gaza through Catholic Relief Services, which I believe is the biggest Christian charity in Gaza:

    http://emergencies.crs.org/update-crs-responds-in-gaza-during-brief-ceasefire/

    (Given Phil’s past expressions of hostility to the Catholic Church, not sure how welcome posting this will be, but I thought I’d post it anyway. In my opinion, its very important for prospects of peace in the Middle East for Christians to donate to causes like this. Catholic Relief Service is a very efficient use of money as well, unlike ICRC.)

    • Philemon
      Philemon on August 5, 2014, 7:36 pm

      Nothing specifically against the Catholic Church, but Catholic Relief Services carries water for USAID, which reports to the U.S. National Security Council…

      ANERA and UPA look good, though. Just checked them out with the Charity Navigator. http://www.charitynavigator.org

      Very glad to have more charity organizations on my list. Thank you.

  3. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby on August 5, 2014, 10:40 am

    Should we the people pay when israel bomb Palestine every year? No this is what israel should pay for, maily because she is the occupying regime.

  4. Madrid
    Madrid on August 5, 2014, 10:41 am

    I think the Jerusalem Fund and the other charities listed are very good as well, but I advise people not to donate to UNWRA, which is in bed with the US gov’t (Read Asad Abu Khalil on this if you doubt me), Chris Gunness’ crying notwithstanding.

    Also, donate to the Electronic Intifada, which is the best source of news and advocacy in the US on Palestine.

    Finally, I’ve donated to United Palestinian Appeal, which does good work for orphans and disabled children in Gaza and WB:

    http://www.helpupa.org/

    • Anon y Mouse
      Anon y Mouse on August 5, 2014, 1:10 pm

      I am a huge fan of UPA and the work they do. They have been at it for years and their staff has built up many contacts (and infrastructure) with grassroots organizations.

  5. globalconsciousness
    globalconsciousness on August 5, 2014, 10:53 am

    Besides Palestine Children Relief Fund which does amazing work
    For immediate needs, Islamic Relief does incredible work on the ground – despite their religious name they also work with impoverished communities in Africa. Americas who are not Muslim. Their administrative charges are not high so at least funds are directed as one stipulates.
    I wonder Heifer does donations specifically for Gaza considering the loss of animas/livestock?
    Smile train would be important in the long run.

  6. American
    American on August 5, 2014, 11:07 am

    Thanks….was wondering which charities/orgs are best to donate to.

  7. Kay24
    Kay24 on August 5, 2014, 11:10 am

    Thank you for this useful information. I will send this link to others who may be interested too.

    I guess the US Congress will make sure the aggressor is taken care of, well armed, and ready for their next massacre. Isn’t it ironic Israel wages war with it’s neighbors, and we keep paying for it, and arming it? No wonder the rest of the world thinks we are supporting these war crimes against humanity, and world anger at what Israel does is directed at us too?

  8. joecatron
    joecatron on August 5, 2014, 11:10 am

    The Palestine Red Crescent Society is at the top of my list. I’m told an option for US citizens to make tax-deductible contributions to it should launch later today, and will post that information here once I have it.

    • just
      just on August 5, 2014, 11:12 am

      Thanks for that Joe– I admire them so much.

      And thank you for your invaluable work.

  9. Madrid
    Madrid on August 5, 2014, 11:22 am

    Here is the link to United Palestinian Appeal:

    http://www.helpupa.org/

  10. German Lefty
    German Lefty on August 5, 2014, 11:39 am

    Thanks. I will look at what amount is on my PayPal account and then make a donation to The Jerusalem Fund.

  11. ahmed
    ahmed on August 5, 2014, 11:41 am

    Islamic Relief is also a good charity, four-star rating. http://www.irusa.org/countries/palestine/
    A community in NJ raised nearly $100k for Gaza (more donations came in after the report)

    http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/middlesex-county/2014/07/24/central-jersey-pakistani-community-raises-humanitarian-aid-for-palestinians/13142803/

    Islamic Relief has another fundraiser at NYU on Aug. 10.

  12. rmeintzer
    rmeintzer on August 5, 2014, 12:05 pm

    I’ve used ANERA (http://www.anera.org/) for years as a payroll deduction. Their donation page is: https://secure2.convio.net/anera/site/Donation2?df_id=5660&5660.donation=form1

  13. iResistDe4iAm
    iResistDe4iAm on August 5, 2014, 12:25 pm

    I will be terminating my support for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Red Cross Society in my country.

    More info at Electronic Intifada:

    Why is Red Cross co-sponsoring event with Israeli war think tank?
    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/charlotte-silver/why-red-cross-co-sponsoring-event-israeli-war-think-tank

  14. Henry Norr
    Henry Norr on August 5, 2014, 12:59 pm

    Anyone know anything about ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid), a U.S.-based 501(c)3 that says it has a staff of 16 in Gaza? According to their detailed “Crisis in Gaza 2014 – ANERA Response Log,” they’ve been able to import and distribute water, food, medications, etc., in Gaza throughout the current crisis.

    http://www.anera.org/stories/crisis-in-gaza-2014-anera-response-log/

  15. belewlaw
    belewlaw on August 5, 2014, 1:26 pm

    ANERA is a great organization. You may also consider supporting the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza through the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. http://www.j-diocese.org/

  16. Anon y Mouse
    Anon y Mouse on August 5, 2014, 1:34 pm

    A long comment about the suffering of Gaza that doesn’t mention occupation, land, or the military blockade is a clear giveaway that the author is being disingenuous.

    • amigo
      amigo on August 5, 2014, 3:59 pm

      “A long comment about the suffering of Gaza that doesn’t mention occupation, land, or the military blockade is a clear giveaway that the author is being disingenuous.”Anon y Mouse.

      Click on Norman F and you can access his archives .

      Disingenuous is a rather mild description of his Anti Arab diatribe.

      He would prefer if the Gazan,s were kept on a diet of salt and water.

  17. amigo
    amigo on August 5, 2014, 4:34 pm

    I use Trocaire , an Irish Charity with a long history of giving aid to Palestinians in need.

    http://www.trocaire.org/blog/israelopt

  18. chocopie
    chocopie on August 5, 2014, 4:46 pm

    “Israel cannot civilize the Arabs. Its a task they need to do for themselves.”

    This racist statement meets Mondoweiss’ commenting guidelines???

    • annie
      annie on August 6, 2014, 10:54 am

      sorry chocopie and thanks for bring it to our attention. not sure who cleared that but i imagine it’s due to the fact we’re backed up all the time (almost 200 comments right now) and sometimes a sentence crammed into a long paragraph just slips thru the cracks.

  19. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870 on August 5, 2014, 6:07 pm

    ANOTHER WAY TO HELP THE TRAUMATIZED PEOPLE OF GAZA:


    Please make a tax-deductible donation payable to The Gaza Mental Health Foundation Inc.

    Your gift will be sent to The Gaza Community Mental Health Program, which is providing vital mental health support to the traumatized families of the Gaza Strip.
    Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    To donate, please print out brochure or send a check with your name, address, telephone number, and email address to:

    Gaza Mental Health Foundation
    PO Box 380273
    Cambridge MA 02238

    SOURCE: Gaza Mental Health Foundation – http://www.gazamentalhealth.org/

    P.S.
    GAZA MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    Bill Slaughter, President
    Donald McInnes, Treasurer
    Hilary Rantisi, Clerk
    Devin Atallah
    J. Timothy Davis
    Nancy Murray
    Alice Rothchild
    Sara Roy
    Ahmad Tahaha

    GAZA MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION – ADVISORY COMMITTEE
    Cindy & Craig Corrie
    Jess Ghannam
    Ellis Goldberg
    Elaine Hagopian
    David Hall
    John Pirroni
    Yale Rabin
    Ted Rynearson
    Therese Saliba
    Tom Suarez
    David Trimble

    SOURCE (CLICK ON “ABOUT”) – http://www.gazamentalhealth.org/

  20. mhuizenga
    mhuizenga on August 5, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Thank you for this. At least we can be sure we won’t be prosecuted under the “material aid to terrorists” law when we give to these org’s.

    I know a lot of people ask why we don’t speak up about other atrocities, but, really doesn’t it have to do with who you are connected to? And I grew connected to a young girl from Gaza who I tutored who said “nobody cares about us.” It’s true, more than ever. We need to show we care.

  21. joecatron
    joecatron on August 5, 2014, 8:08 pm

    Friends of the Palestine Red Crescent Society is now live, for all your US tax-deductible giving needs:

    http://friendsprcs.org

  22. sandhillexit
    sandhillexit on August 5, 2014, 9:36 pm

    The Rachel Corrie Foundation along with Rebuilding Alliance is working directly with two UNWRA schools – one in the north and one near Rafah – to set up procurement and delivery of essential items to the displaced. The Director of the Boys School in Rafah, Khaled Nasrallah, is coordinating on the ground there. He is a pharmacist by training and is the gentleman whose house Rachel was standing in front of when she was murdered. So far RCF and RA have made two transfers for personal hygiene packages – soap, laundry detergent, diapers, etc. Some of these supplies are available in Gaza but payment needs to be overseen and delivery to the homeless needs to be organized and administered. RC Foundation and RA are also coordinating advocacy work to try to safeguard the schools if fighting restarts, and to lift the siege if the peace holds. Both groups have a long history of working with humanitarian networks inside the territory. Here is the donor site on SiliconValleyGives:
    http://svgives.razoo.com/story/Gaza-Emergency-Shelter-Appeal

  23. globalconsciousness
    globalconsciousness on August 6, 2014, 9:41 am

    Save the Children’s ad in the UK papers and an online petition to sign “not one more name” for a permanent solution
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelgaza-conflict-names-of-373-children-killed-by-bombing-released-in-charity-plea-for-permanent-ceasefire-9651400.html

  24. Accentitude
    Accentitude on August 7, 2014, 5:48 am

    Friends, the devastation in Gaza is vastly overwhelming. I don’t think I need to tell anyone how terribly it affects children living there, especially those whom have lost their parents, siblings…some have even lost their entire families and have become orphans due to this war. A good place to donate which will go directly to children whom have become orphans is the SOS Children’s Village. There are locations in many places but the one in Rafah definitely needs support to be able to take on new orphans. My wife and I have been making monthly donations to the SOS in Palestine every month for the last 2 years. Please check out their website and consider providing them with your support: http://www.sos-palestine.org

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