THE GAZA FUND

ALL bank, FX, courier, transport, logistics, publicity, and admin. charges (foreseen/unforeseen) will be paid for, by Siddiq Bazarwala.

From periodic bombings to the Israeli blockade and now Covid-19, we need to help our brothers and sisters in Gaza, Palestine.

100% of donated funds will be sent to Gaza via a direct Palestinian contact before Ramadan (April 2021) for food, water, shelter, education & medicines.

To make a donation in HK$, Euro €, US$ or GBP£ (Deadline: 15/3/2021), please email siddiqbazarwala@gmail.com or WhatsApp +852 61236576.


ZAKAH + SADAQAH: Update: (26th Feb 2021)

Far East Dev. Foundation – UMAH (23/2)HK$40,000Zakah
Sxxxxxxh (17/2)HK$20,000Zakah
Axxxa (10/2)HK$10,000Sadaqah
Sxxxh (Axxa)HK$10,000 (£1000)Zakah
Mohammad Ixxxxq (26/2)HK$10,000Zakah
Jxxxxxh HK Wxxg (22/2)HK$10,000Zakah
SxxxxqHK$5,000Zakah
Axxxxxn (29/1)HK$5,000Zakah
Bxxxxxh (1/2)HK$5,000Zakah
Mxxxxm (Mxm)HK$5,000Sadaqah
Jxxxd (16/2)HK$5,000Zakah
Axxs (18/2)HK$5,000Zakah
Sxxxxxh (2/2)HK$3,000Zakah
Rxxa (10/2)HK$3,000Sadaqah
M Fxxxm (16/2)HK$2,000Zakah
SxxxxaHK$2000 (£200)Sadaqah
SxxxxaHK$2,000 (£200)Zakah
Axxxxxn’s Parents (6/2)HK$1,500Zakah
SxxxxxaHK$1,000Sadaqah
Pxxxl’s FamilyHK$1,000 (£100)Zakah
Axxxxi (27/2)HK$1000 Sadaqah
JxxxxaHK$1,000 (£100)Sadaqah
Axxxl Jxxxxr Axi (17/2)HK$1,000Sadaqah
Axxs Uncle (19/2)HK$1,000 (£100)
Sxxxxl Hxxxxd R (19/2)HK$700Zakah
Mxxxb Hxxxxn (29/1)HK$500Sadaqah
RxxxxxaHK$500 (£50)Sadaqah
Yxxxr (16/2)HK$500Sadaqah
Axxf Axxxd (16/2)HK$500Sadaqah
Kxxxxd Mxxxxd (16/2)HK$500Sadaqah
RxxxxaHK$400 (£40)Sadaqah
NxxxxnHK£325 (£32.5)Sadaqah
via SIT (18/2)HK$250Sadaqah

GRAND TOTAL: HK$153,675 or £14,107 or US$19,830 (confirmed)

ps., an additional HK$10,000+ has been pledged but is unconfirmed.



54% of Gazans are food insecure and over 75% are aid recipients……Over 90% of the water from the Gaza aquifer is undrinkable.

United Nations

https://www.un.org/unispal/humanitarian-situation-in-the-gaza-strip-fast-facts-ocha-factsheet/

The Israeli government continues to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip

Human Rights Watch

https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2020/country-chapters/israel/palestine

There is a shortage of 47% in medications, 32% deficit in medical consumables and a 62% deficit in medical laboratory supplies….In 2020, the Covid-19 came to pour oil on the fire, and the situation here became catastrophic at all levels.

Al Jazeera

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2020/12/26/covid-in-besieged-gaza-a-blockade-inside-a


MORE THAN A CASH HANDOUT

Instead of distributing 500ml water bottles, we are going to invest in a filter system that can produce enough filtered water for thousands of people each day. The key is to look for sustainable solutions so that maximum people benefit, iA. Given how, 96%+ of the water in Gaza is undrinkable, there is a need for at least 400 such water filters (approx. US$6000 per filter) across Gaza.

“The best charity is giving water to drink.” (Ahmad)



OTHER KEY PALESTINIAN CHARITIES WE SUPPORT:


As usual, there will be likely delays and holdups at the Egypt – Rafah border but we are aiming to reach Gaza before Ramadan and finalise everything in Ramadan, iA.


WHY THE GAZA FUND?

At the Gaza fund, we are guided by the saying:

You can’t change the world but you can change the world of a single person.

I have spent years writing and criticising the Gaza blockade. It was of course, not for nothing as it has surely played albeit, a small role in raising awareness. Meanwhile, the situation for people living in Gaza has gone from bad to worse over the last 14 years+.

So what gives?

When I met a few Palestinians from Gaza during my travels in 2019, I kept in touch, heard and learnt first-hand about the severe hardships that have now become the norm. As my contact circle gradually widened, an opportunity arose where it has now become possible to remit money to highly reliable and honest local Palestinian contacts who can coordinate relief efforts.

All we need to do to ensure every cent is accounted for, is hire a trusted local engineer in Gaza for US$300 per month to oversee the installation of water filters, medicine procurement, and shortlist top scoring students with funding needs. This expense among every other form of expenses, (foreseen and unforeseen) will be paid out from my own pocket, so that the money donated can be reliably tracked and spent on Gaza and its people.

Also, instead of giving out water bottles, we are installing water filters so that far more people benefit. Instead of handing out money for expenses, we’d rather pay for children’s education so that the next generation of children will not be left to languish.

In the end, the objective of the Gaza Fund is not just to “give Gazans a fish to eat but enable them to fish”, to paraphrase what Confucius once famously said.

Can we change the world?, no. Can we change the world of a single person, Yes!

Please therefore donate however much you can.

Siddiq Bazarwala

To make a donation in HK$, Euro €, US$ or GBP£ (Deadline: 15/3/2021), please WhatsApp/Signal +852 61236576 in Hong Kong.

10-POINT SUMMARY:

1. Gaza has a population of 2 million, living inside a 60-kilometre wall, often called the world’s largest open-air prison.

2. Gaza has an employment rate of over 49%+, according to UNCTAD. This is not because it lacks engineers, doctors and teachers, etc., but because of limited economic opportunities, due to the debilitating blockade.

3. 80 percent of the population rely on humanitarian aid, according to UNRWA.

4. Less than 4% of fresh water is drinkable in Gaza, according to Oxfam. Put simply, 96% is not safe for consumption, according to UNICEF.

5. Cancer is the second most common cause of death exceeded only by heart disease, and is in part due to Israel’s unlawful use of White Phosphorus in Gaza. Medicines are often prohibitively expensive, if not unavailable altogether. 

6. Gaza’s electricity was bad before 2014. It became worse after Israel bombed a major power plant (in violation of protocol 1 of the 1949 Geneva Convention).

7. Despite the lack of electricity (4 hours daily), children use candles to study and very many bright students have emerged over the years. A key challenge therefore, is to secure funding to finance their local or overseas education.

8. The fishing zone is officially 10 nautical miles or 18 kilometres (but in reality, it is a lot less). With the 25-mile seawater coastline around Gaza severely polluted due to untreated sewage being dumped into sea (because the water and sewage plants was bombed by fighter jets), most of the edible fish can only be found 14 kilometres at sea, but violating the fishing zone means targeted firing from Israeli gunships.

9. Egypt too, retains a bizarre stranglehold on the Gaza-Rafah border, restricting the movement of people and goods, to and from Gaza.

10. Oxfam, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNICEF, UNRWA, the United Nations and countless others have each - condemned the inhumane land, sea and air blockade in the strongest possible terms. Nothing changes.