POSTED: December 29, 2008
I am in daily contact with Salah Sakka, ANERA's Director in Gaza. Thankfully he reports that none of our staff are among the injured or killed civilians in Gaza and the ANERA office is intact so far.
In the coming months we will be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars inside of Gaza. Click here to help Gaza.
It is unsafe for our staff to go to the office right now, so they are working from home during the few hours a day that there is electricity. We do have a response for now, but unfortunately we don't know what to expect in the coming days. Click here to help Gaza.
Before the bombings, hospitals and clinics were reduced to working with virtually no supplies. Now, injured people are turned away because there is nothing to treat them with. Survival rates for the injured are plummeting. We are purchasing extra medical supplies to supplement donated goods. Surgical supplies are among the highest priority.
Since our report last week, none of ANERA's supplies have been allowed into Gaza (and we are also facing extreme delays for shipments into the West Bank). We are talking with other humanitarian organizations who are facing the same obstacles and together we are talking to the US government, Israeli government and the UN to find some way to get supplies into Gaza to help innocent civilians.
Malnutrition in children and adults is at an all time high. When supplies are finally allowed in, milk and biscuits will not be enough. We plan to supplement the Milk for Preschoolers program with extra feeding programs.
The rainy season is not far away. Even if it is just with plastic tarps, we will be working to provide makeshift shelters for families who no longer have a roof over their heads. In addition, using resources available inside Gaza, basic repairs to water and sanitation services must begin.
We are still in the process of contacting all of our partners inside of Gaza to make sure everyone is alive and we will plan with them for the repair of their preschools, clinics and hospitals if they are damaged.
Innocent civilian families, non-profit hospitals, clinics and preschools all need our help right now. Click here to help in Gaza.
Our thoughts are with our staff, friends, acquaintances, loved ones and all of the innocent people fearing for the well-being of their families.
We will regularly post updates on our website. Keep an eye on our homepage www.anera.org. Thank you for your ongoing support.