Wednesday, December 25, 2013

what to do to aid gaza

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of 

Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports from Gaza

What You Can Do

1. Urge U.S. government officials and United Nations representatives to tell Israel and Egypt to open the crossings to the Gaza Strip. 
John Kerry, U.S. State Department: Call 202-647-4000, select option 4 and ask the operator for the comment line.
Your elected officials: 
Visit “Vital Activist Resources” on our Web site 
Contact your member of Congress in the House of Representatives andSenate or call Congress 202-224-3121 or email through .
President Barack Obama: Call  202-456-1414  or Fax: 202-456-2461 or e-mail e-mail President Obama
Office of Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations   

Office of  Ban Ki-Moon
Fill out the form at Near and Middle EastDesk at The International Committee of the Red Cross Ms. Dibeh FAKHR or telephone

2. Call or write your local newspaper and ask them to cover the crisis in Gaza. 
Write the editor a letter. Make it brief and to the point.
Add comments about Gaza at the end of any article you read in that newspaper about the Middle East. 
Google a photo about the Gaza crisis. With a graphic program add the words: Gaza Aid NowPut the picture on Facebook and get people to like it. 

 Send out tweets using the hashtags #GazaAidNow and #SaveGaza and plain old #Gaza 

Ask any groups that  you work with to take on the cause of getting relief into Gaza.
Ask news sources to focus on stories about Gaza  Democracy Now!NPR, The Real News
Hold a teach-in about Gaza at your local college or library
 Hold a demonstration

3. Send a financial contribution to an organization working to help Gazans survive this latest catastrophe. Here are some suggestions: (Many of these organizations are helping refugees in Lebanon.) 
AmericanNear East Refugee Aid (ANERA)1522 K St. NW, Suite 202 • Washington, DC 20005-1270 • (202) 347-2558  Sponsors ongoing programs in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan and provides emergency relief.
HelpingHand for Relief and Development ( Helping Hand USA)12541 McDougall St • Detroit, MI 48212 • Toll Free #1-888-808-HELP (4357) A global humanitarian relief and development organization responding to human sufferings in emergency and disastrous situations anywhere all over the world regardless race, gender, ethnicity, class, location, religion, color, cultural diversity and social background; with special focus in countries where the massive population living below the poverty line like Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Kenya, Sudan and many others.
IslamicRelief USA P.O. Box 6098 • Burbank, CA 91510 • 1-888-479-4968 Works in over 30 countries to alleviate hunger, illiteracy and diseases, provides rapid relief to victims of man-made and natural disasters.
KinderUSA P.O. Box 224846 • Dallas, Texas 75222-9785 • 972) 664-1991 Supports relief and development programs in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan.
Life for Relief and Development P.O. Box 236 • Southfield, MI 48037 • (248) 424-7493  Provides medicines and medical equipment and supports infrastructure development in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine.
Médecins SansFrontiers / Doctors Without Borders 333 7th Ave., 2nd Floor • New York, NY 10001 • (212) 679-6800 Global organization that provides emergency medical relief across the Arab and Muslim world.
Near East Foundation 230 Euclid Ave., NY 13210 • (315) 428-8670 Supports community development and provides humanitarian and emergency assistance in over 16 countries.
Palestinian Medical Relief Society  (PMRS) • P.O. Box 450554 • Atlanta, GA 31145 • (404) 441-2702 U.S.-based support group which receives tax-free donations for this grassroots, community-based Palestinian health organization.
UnitedNations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees  inthe Near East (UNRWA) American Friends of UNRWA Association, Inc. • 1666 K Street NW • Suite 440 • Washington, DC 20006 2• (202) 223-376702.223.3767 This U.N. agency aids Palestinian refugees through emergency relief such as food and health care, as well as long-term assistance through education and finance programs.
United Palestinian Appeal 1330 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Suite 104 • Washington, DC 20037 • (202) 659-5007 Sponsors health, education, and community development programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
World Vision P.O. Box 9716 • Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 • (888) 511-6598 Global Christian humanitarian organization providing relief in many countries in the Arab and Muslim world.
TheZakat Foundation of America P.O. Box 639 • Worth, IL 60482 • (708) 499-6151 • Fax (708) 499-6154 Sponsors programs for emergency relief, orphan sponsorship, education, development and health in 10 countries.
Original article is available at Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA).

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