Please help poor families in Gaza

£5,350 of £16,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 4 months
Hello friends!

My name is Andrew Smith.  I live in Hampshire, England (UK) and I have organised this fundraiser to assist some very poor families in Gaza, Palestine.

As is well known, the people of Gaza have been under a brutal siege by Israel since 2008.  Gaza is now the largest outdoor prison in the world.  The people are without basic necessities.  Electricity is intermittent.  Drinking water is scarce.  Gazans need to pay rent, buy household items and repay debts while living under the constant threat of an air attack.  Violence in Gaza is escalating, especially since President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.  These families are struggling just to keep alive.

Unemployment is high.  The ports are closed.  Gaza Airport has been demolished.  Israel has closed the border with Egypt at Rafah: for a day or two every few months the border is opened, and then only for special cases.

The precious, innocent, children need a lot.  The collected funds will go towards providing milk, foodstuffs, clothing, blankets, bottled water, medicines, a few books, simple games, rent payments and huge debt repayments.

I first got to know the mothers of two of the beneficiary families over the Internet in September and October 2017 and have been fundraising for them ever since.  I am honoured to know these people with their extraordinary courage.  The other families who benefit are friends of theirs.  They are also known to several of the regular donors.

I ask for your help.  Any donation will make a significant contribution to helping these poor families.  Would you please help me help them?

The £16,000 target I have set may seem high, but the needs of these families are ongoing.  The YouCaring campaign, which this campaign replaces, itself replaced a previous campaign for the same families which reached its target – now we are looking ahead over the next year or so, i.e. until mid-2019.

This fundraising is completely transparent.  GoFundMe transfers the donations (less their Payment Processing Fee of 2.9% + £0.25 per donation) to my bank account on a weekly basis, from where I regularly transfer them to a member of one of the beneficiary families via bank transfer (which involves the conversion of the currency from GBP to USD, and the deduction of commission and possibly other fees). The recipient then shares the proceeds among the beneficiary families.

A donor may if they wish specify in a comment that their donation is to be allocated to one or more specific families if these families are known to them, in which case the recipient of the funds will allocate that donation accordingly.

Feel free to contact me through this GoFundMe page with any questions or concerns you may have about this fundraising.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me help these precious people.
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Text altered to reflect transfer of funds to my bank account now being made by GoFundMe on a weekly, rather than daily, basis.
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Correction to text made today: funds are now passed to beneficiary in Gaza via bank transfer rather than MoneyGram.
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Correction to text made today: the GoFundMe payment processing fee is actually 2.9% + £0.25 per donation.
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Yesterday I posted an update saying that I had lifted the suspension on donations to this campaign on the recommendation of a representative of the charity which offered to look into the allegations of misuse of funds.

Further to that update, I should like to reassure donors that the charity representative asked a friend in Gaza to look into the misuse allegations, and was consequently able to confirm that the beneficiaries are indeed in need of help because of their very difficult financial situation, and that they will be using all the funds raised to meet these needs.

I apologise for the hiatus that has existed for the past month, and would encourage donors who wish to do so to continue to help these deserving families.
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Raised by 126 people in 4 months
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