the level of anaemia in babies (9–12 months) was as high as 65%WHO
The years after 2008 war and the blockade have forced 80% of trapped families to live in abject poverty. The ongoing Israeli occupation has stripped the oppressed Palestinians of all basic human rights.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), the level of anaemia in babies (9–12 months) was as high as 65%, while a Socio-economic and Food Security Survey Report stated that 61% of Gaza’s 1.4 million residents are food insecure and reliant on humanitarian aid. Children (below 18 years) account for more than 65% of the food-insecure segment of population.
UNDP reports most of Gaza's manufacturing industry as closed, increasing unemployment. "None of the 3,425 homes destroyed during the war have been reconstructed, displacing around 20,000 people", "no repair has been made to the transport infrastructure" and "three quarters of damaged farmland remains un-cultivatable”.
Special Children Support
Children generally and the marginalized such as children with special needs particularly have had the worst impact of the blockade. UKIM supports a special Children facility in Gaza catering to 250 children. The institution is planned to be shifted into a new purpose built building in 2012 with an educational resource centre.
United Nations Development Programme reported “less than 20% "of the value of the damages to educational facilities has been repaired" in post war Gaza. Acknowledging the importance of Education UKIM distributed around school supplies amongst students of various schools in Gaza including a facility for the visually impaired at Nuseirat Camp.
UKIM knows the value to looking after the orphans and the orphan sponsorship programme focuses on assisting the upbringing of children which enables the later to be not only productive but also be a socially, morally and spiritually active member of the society.
Hifz e Quran Sponsorship
UKIM holds Quran as the supreme commandment from Allah (SWT) and considers it the best shield against regional, lingual and sectarian divides. The Hifz e Quran sponsorship project helps prepare a large number of haffaz who behold the divine covenants in their chests, a treasure far greater than any imaginable to human mind.
Family Sponsorship Project
UKIM launched “One to One Family Sponsorship Project” this year with the first batch of deserving families. The adopted families are given vouchers, easily traded for goods from nearby stores, and in some cases food packs are delivered at their doorsteps. The stipend covers food requirements, basic clothing, drinking water and basic educational needs of their children.
Warm Blankets for Elders
UKIM to facilitate the elderly population of the Gaza strip provided blankets to combat the cold winter weather at Dayralbalah. The beneficiaries are the remaining eye witnesses of Israeli occupation of 1967. These individuals still hold on to the keys of their homes from which they were evicted 60 years ago in a hope of returning to them one day.
Water Desalination Project Al-Jabaliya
Ground water is the primary source for the besieged residents of Gaza. Proximity to East Mediterranean Sea has made this source unsuitable for human consumption. High salt and mineral content create health issues especially among children.
UKIM with its local partner has established a desalination plant at Al-Jabaliya with a production capacity of 400 cups a day.
The plant supplies water, through tankers, to the vulnerable and targeted groups i.e. schools, kindergartens, medical facilities and to the poor Palestinians’ who the victims are of worst economical crisis.
Fuel Supply to Medical Centre
Energy is the biggest issue in entrapped Gaza. Due to blockade, "Half of the damaged power network is still unrepaired", (UNDP). UKIM funds energy requirements of a medical centre which provides treatment facilities to 2000 patients/week.
Preserving Eye Sight
UKIM distributed good quality optical glasses among the children of Gaza. The initiative was undertaken to protect the eye sight and to help these children have a better view of the world.
Eye examinations were conducted to ascertain the child’s need and the right intensity lenses were than handed to them. The beneficiaries performed better in the educational area because of better focus and ease in reading books.
50 years of Compassion
Alhamdolillah! This year UK Islamic Mission has successfully completed 50 years of existence more..
Dr Zahid Prevez, President UKIM
Your kindness changed lives!
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Syed Shaukat Ali, Head UKIM Relief