14 years in lockdown
“I and the one who cares for an orphan will be together in Paradise like this,” and he held his middle and index fingers together to illustrate”
(Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 5659)
There are thousands of orphans in Gaza, and this number only increases with each war. Orphaned children are often taken in by family members when their parents pass away, but when that family is already stretched, having an extra mouth to feed can be extremely difficult.
We aim to provide these children with a stable environment and keep things as normal as possible for them so they get to enjoy their childhood.
By sponsoring an orphan with GRF, you can help make their everyday a little more manageable. You can make sure they have three nutritious meals a day and remain in school to work towards their careers.
You can also sponsor a needy family that is struggling to pay household expenses and buy food, due to the sickness or disability of the primary breadwinner. You can help ease their financial burden and help them provide for their children
Eye Care Project for Orphans
Most orphaned children are living in poverty. With one or both parents gone, they are often left with little or no money for their everyday needs. As such, their eyesight is often overlooked & neglected, and they go to school struggling to see the board in their classroom. Through this project, we have eye specialist teams arrange eye tests and glasses if needed for orphaned children in Gaza.
Public Water Tank
Water in Gaza is unfit for consumption and extremely dangerous. 97% of the water does not meet the World Health Organizations (WHO) standards for safe drinking water. It is heavily soiled with salt, dirt and even raw sewage.
Many impoverished communities in and around Gaza cannot afford to buy bottled water, leaving them no option but to drink the heavily contaminated water, putting their lives at risk.
Our public water tank project provides needy groups of people living in poverty-stricken areas with a 2,000 Litre water tank. The tank is installed in a communal area such as a school or mosque or any other publicly accessible place. It is refilled continuously with clean, safe water and is available for all to fulfil their daily water needs.
Our sustainable water projects ensure the people of Gaza have continuous access to safe water at no cost. Our projects are long-term and ensure those in need are aided for the foreseeable future, having access to their human right of clean, safe drinking water.
What’s more, our water projects are also Sadaqah Jaariya applicable providing you ongoing rewards and blessings for your assistance.
In the besieged enclave of Gaza, homes are always at risk of being destroyed. For many years the residents have suffered unimaginable difficulties during periods of violence and unrest. For many the places they call home, are brutally demolished by air strikes leaving them displaced and in urgent need. This is sadly the case for tens of thousands of Gazans as they live through a relentless occupation and war.
Those fortunate enough to retain their homes, live in dilapidated tents or makeshift shelters that are barely inhabitable. Usually all family members are confined to just one makeshift room, to live, sleep & coexist in.
GRF is on the ground year-round building and restoring shelters for these families. We tile the floors, so they are not just built on dirt, and put up doors and windows, to provide families with a place to call their own.
- 38% of Gazans live in extreme poverty.
- Over 97% of the water in Gaza is undrinkable.
- 85% of schools are run on double shifts.
The biggest casualties of war are undoubtedly children. They witness such horrific scenes, are forced to flee their homes, lose family members, live in poverty, miss out on their education, and the joy of being a carefree child.
In Gaza many children live in poverty and their families have little to no income at all. They rarely receive gifts as a result, as their parents prioritise putting food on the table.
GRF try to ensure children in Gaza at least have an enjoyable Eid.
Olive Tree Project
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“Season (your food) with olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.”
Olives have long been revered in Islam and are even mentioned in the holy Quran seven times. The messenger of Allah (ﷺ) reiterated their importance by instructing us to consume their oil and apply it to our skin.
GRF’s Olive project funds the planting of these blessed trees the messenger of Allah (ﷺ) spoke about.
This allows farmers in Palestine to harvest the fruit and produce and sell olive oil year after year.
Eventually, if enough people donate, they will no longer need us, and will become fully self-sufficient. Just one of our sustainable long-term projects that allows those in need to stay dignified and autonomous.
Since Olive trees last decades and continue yielding produce every year, you will be continuously assisting local Palestinians to support their families and reaping the endless rewards of Sadaqah Jariyah at the same time, even after you are gone!
Fuel for Gas Burners Gaza
Winters are especially tough when you are ill equipped to protect yourself from harsh weather. Sadly, in Gaza there are thousands of families struggling to get through the relentless season, with no money to stock up on resources.
Gas burners are commonly used to keep warm and to cook with, and many in Gaza heavily rely on these during the winter.
Unfortunately, they require fuel to operate which most people cannot afford, thus leaving them without any heating.
GRF supply and refill fuel tanks for burners, so families can stay warm and safe.
Healthy Lunches Project
Diet and nutrition can play an important role in the performance of a child and their overall educational attainment. This is why a healthy and nutritious school lunch is important.
At GRF we provide school children living in impoverished communities, with a healthy and nourishing lunch at school. For many of them, this is the only hot meal they will have in a day, so we make sure it’s a healthy one, giving them sustenance for the rest of their day, and helping them stay attentive and focused at school.
Winter Clothing Project Gaza
Tens of thousands of people in Gaza cannot afford warm clothing and blankets to get through the tough winter months. There are many reported deaths each year, mainly of children and the elderly whose bodies simply cannot withstand the cold. There are so many children without socks, shoes, gloves, coats or warm jumpers and blankets, resources we often take for granted. We provide these and more to keep the bitter cold at bay.
Women’s Education Centre Gaza
We provide underprivileged women with an opportunity to expand their learning. We teach them to read, write and broaden their understanding as living in poverty leaves them with little or no education. They learn the basics so they can help their children with their schoolwork, go on to higher education and even find a job to support themselves & their families.
Self-Employment Project Gaza
As part of our sustainable long-term relief, we provide people in Gaza with a unique opportunity to cater to the needs of their family, by offering them self-employment. This makes them feel dignified and responsible, rather than dependent and needy.
We provide them with a food cart that they can use to sell various foods. The money they make can be used to support themselves. This scheme allows families to get out of the cycle of depending on charity.
Fuel for Medical Centre
Amongst the various crises in the occupied Gaza strip, the national fuel and electricity crises create the biggest problems for healthcare facilities. With the city only receiving 6 hours of electricity a day, medical centres face the problematic dilemma of trying to keep their patients safe.
They are left in disarray as their vital medical equipment risks being switched off putting many lives at risk.
They are forced to rely on generators which are so overused, they usually burn out quickly. Operating theatres, ventilators, dialysis machines, scanners and more are deemed useless, putting hundreds of seriously ill patients at risk.
For just £100 you can provide the fuel to keep a vital generator going in a hospital or medical facility so they can keep their life-saving equipment powered all day every day, keeping critically ill patients safe.
Food Parcel Project
68.5% of families in the Gaza strip are food insecure, whilst 60% of the population lives in acute poverty. Sourcing simple food items such as bread and flour is becoming increasingly more difficult as the cost of goods rise and the economic situation deteriorates further due to escalations in violence and conflict.
Many families rely solely on the generosity of strangers and external agencies to secure at least one meal a day for their children.
We are on the ground year round providing essential food parcels, containing enough long-life food to last one family an entire month.
The items in these parcels have been carefully chosen to ensure they contain the necessary nutrients to maintain optimum health and they have long shelf lives so they can be used as and when needed and reserved for another time.
By donating a food parcel you can ensure a vulnerable Gazan family is protected from malnutrition and hunger.