ShelterBox is responding to provide emergency shelter and other essential items for people left with nowhere to live.

What is happening in Gaza?

Up to 1.9 million people are displaced across Gaza. That’s 85% of the population with no choice but to shelter in community buildings like schools, makeshift shelters, or out in the open.

There is severe overcrowding and disease is spreading. It’s cold and wet and people don’t have what they need to protect themselves or their families from the harsh winter weather.

Access to water, food and medicine is very difficult. It’s made worse by fuel shortages. Without electricity, people cannot use lights in the dark evenings, keep warm, or cook food. 2.2 million people are at imminent risk of famine.

The number of people who have died since October now exceeds 27,000 people, including more than 10,000 children. This number is rising all the time.

Where is Gaza?

The Gaza Strip is located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Egypt on the southwest and Israel on the east and north.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated pieces of land on Earth. 2.3 million people live on the narrow strip of land, measuring 141sq miles (41km long / 10km wide). Since 7 October 2023, 80% of homes here have been damaged or destroyed.

With civilians unable to leave, nowhere in Gaza is safe. Families are forced to move again and again in search of safety, but land, sea, and air bombardments are making that near impossible. There are large areas cut off and people are continuously on the move.

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How is Shelterbox Helping?

We are providing emergency items like tarpaulins and rope, to help people make damaged buildings and other shelters watertight. Blankets, mattresses, pillows and floormats will help people to stay warm. We’re providing washing sets, water carriers, kitchen sets, and items like nappies, toothbrushes, and sanitary items. All vital items for people with no belongings and unable to return to their homes.

Together with our partner MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians), we’ll be sourcing items in Egypt and Türkiye. The situation is complex, but we intend that our aid will reach people in the coming weeks via the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza.

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