Read more about how funds were spent and how the response to this crisis was evaluated
Note: This page summarises our 2014 appeal for Gaza. We're extremely concerned about the current humanitarian situation in Gaza and the welfare of civilians in both the occupied Palestinian terriories and Israel and are monitoring the crisis closely. DEC member charities are responding and you can donate via the appeals listed below:
raised, including £2 million matched by the UK Government
people were reached with life saving support (one in five of Gaza’s population)
people received food assistance
children and vulnerable people helped to cope with the psychological impact of the conflict
On 7 July 2014, the United Nations declared a humanitarian emergency in Gaza following a severe escalation in hostilities. During the 50 days that followed – from 8 July until 26 August – the UN says that 2,251 Palestinians were killed; 1,462 of them were believed to be civilians, including 551 children and 299 women.
In total, 11,231 Palestinians were injured during the conflict and one in four Palestinians in Gaza fed their homes.
Infrastructure and public services were severely damaged, including Gaza’s only power plant, its water facilities, as well as its sanitation, electricity, telecommunication and transportation networks.
The DEC launched its appeal on 7 August 2014, raising nearly £19 million, including £2 million in Aid Match from the UK government. More than 360,000 people were reached with life saving support including food assistance, training and support to help restore people’s livelihoods and psychosocial support to help people cope with the trauma of the conflict.
Women’s role in the workforce is Gaza is one of the lowest in the world. A portion of the funds raised in this appeal went towards providing training and cash grants to help women start and run their own businesses.
One 33-year-old woman said: “I got married when I was 14 – I know nothing about the outside world. When I was called to the training I felt I need to talk and I need to be outside. I was motivated that I am not doing anything wrong. Even at home I felt more confident. I have changed. I feel I am born again and my life has just started.”
Child friendly spaces were set up to help children with the psychological impacts of the conflict. A 12-year old girl who attended one of the spaces said: “the sessions helped me overcome my fears”. A mother commented on how the child friendly spaces were a huge help to parents as well as the children, saying: “Children were able to spend their time learning and doing useful things instead of playing in the street. The activities at the CFS were sensitive to our culture and values… strengthen the character of the children and supported self-confidence and make it easier for parents to deal with their children.”
Close to 1,700 children attended group psychosocial courses or received specialist therapy.