GAZA Under Lockdown as The Health and Water Crises Worsen Bringing New Misery to Long Suffering Families

The coronavirus pandemic found its way into the impoverished communities of densely populated Gaza. The Gaza Strip’s first cases of community transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic have been reported raising fears it will spread quickly and worsen an already devastated economy.

The recent escalation in violence and the spread of the virus are intensifying the pressures on vulnerable families in Gaza. Hospitals are overwhelmed and on the verge of collapsing. Hospitals are experiencing major shortages of medical supplies and medications. And with 20-hour power cuts, thousands of lives are at risk.

We urgently need your help to provide customized food packages, safe and clean drinking water, hygiene kits, and medical supplies to hospitals.

  • $60 – Provide safe and clean drinking water for 5 families in neighborhoods where 97% of water is unfit for human consumption.
  • $100 – Provide a customized food package for a family of 7 enough for an entire month.
  • $75 – Provide a hygiene kit, masks, and sanitizers for one family.

Please donate to our Gaza Emergency Appeal Fund and support Gaza today!

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Hurricane Laura strengthened into a Category 4 and made landfall on the Gulf Coast bringing “catastrophic storm surge” to parts of Louisiana and Texas

Hurricane Laura has made landfall in Louisiana, causing flash flooding and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without power.  The hurricane is said to be one of the strongest to ever hit the US Gulf coast, with winds up to 150ph, increasing sea level by 9ft in some parts. Officials predict that life-threatening Laura could possibly spread 40 miles inland. Half a million people evacuated parts of Louisiana and Texas, and one fatality has been reported.  UHR is working with partners to assess the situation and ongoing needs of affected communities. UHR is preparing disaster response supplies such as cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, blankets, pillows, face masks and laundry products.

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Heavy rain and flash floods claim lives and destroy homes across Pakistan, and the country is expecting more inclement weather over the coming weeks.

Nearly 50 people have been killed across Pakistan after three days of heavy monsoon rain and flash floods. Rain also damaged over 100 homes overwhelming thousands of families in the remote villages of Sindh province.

Flooding in Pakistan is putting millions of people at risk of disease and widespread malnutrition. United Hands Relief launched an immediate response appeal to provide aid to the families affected by this natural disaster.

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Restoring Sight to the Cataract-Blinded Impoverished People in East Africa

The life limiting disease is the leading cause of blindness around the world, taking eyesight of some 20 million people.

But cataracts, which are caused when a protein slowly builds up and clouds the eye’s lens, leading to blurred vision and eventually blindness is actually easily treatable. After a 10 minutes’ surgery, the vast majority of patients will regain their sight.

However, barriers to treatment are significant. In many corners of the globe, the $150 surgery represents a small fortune – if it is offered at all in local hospitals.

What We Are Doing to Help

United Hands Relief organizes Cataract Eye Surgeries Missions in countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan. With the support of our donors, UHR covers the cost of these surgeries fully for 250 plus patients at a time. These missions are carries out multiple times a year.

After surgeries are performed, crowds of patients wait in the open air with bandages over their eyes. Normally patients have been patiently blind for months, or even years due to cataracts. Each of these patients had undergone a ten-minute surgery the day before to remove the cataracts and insert artificial lenses.

As the bandages come off, some patients cry, other dance in joy. Some hug the doctors, and others sit back in their seats in disbelief as they see the faces of their loved ones again.

Often in developed countries like USA, cataracts are usually removed before causing any serious damage to the eye or causing visual impairment. However, in developing nations, people often lose their sight, including children.

Today, with advanced modern surgeries, removing cataracts could be done quickly at any medical facility, not necessarily hospitals at a low cost. With the new techniques today, most patients go to have perfect vision the next day.

Our Goal

The project’s goal is to wipe out preventable blindness through developing countries in East Africa- countries already struggling with drought, famine, poverty, violence and conflict.

The cost of one surgery is $150.

Give them the gift of sight. Donate Now.

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Rohingya Refugees, Bangladesh

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people have crossed over to Bangladesh, fleeing atrocity and violence in Myanmar.

In Bangladesh, they are cramped in the world’s largest refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar. They are living in terrible conditions and need continuous life-saving assistance. And today, in addition to their endless struggles, they are witnessing the growing threat of COVID-19 that has already claimed the lives of thousands around the world and is threatening the most vulnerable – displaced refugees.

Our Response

As the blessed month of Ramadan approaches, and as we continue to witness the growing threat of the novel coronavirus, UHR urgently delivered aid to the most vulnerable communities, serving refugees, orphans and widows, disabled and seniors.

#RefugeeChildren are our priority. #UHR is responding. providing clean water, sanitation and essential supplies. Please help us save lives!

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

More than 10 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis as extreme weather events are continuously causing both drought and floods.

An upsurge of locusts has also hit the region’s already fragile food security. And today, with the spread of the novel coronavirus, lockdown and unemployment – families cannot afford the most basic essentials to their survival.

Our Response

UHR team distributed #CUSTOMIZED food parcels to vulnerable families who have been struggling with poverty due to drought and conflict. Addis Ababa mayor, Mr. Takele Uma Benti, participated in the distribution.

Climate extremes in the Horn of Africa have caused widespread food shortages. We urgently need your help to continue responding with life-saving aid.

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Yemen’s population of 30 million people have endured more than five years of ongoing
conflict leading to severe poverty, famine and a struggle to fight the cholera epidemic. Today,
the novel coronavirus presents an imminent danger that further threatens the country’s most
vulnerable innocent civilians. COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Yemen and displaced
people are at the highest risk.

 

 

In response to the current crisis, UHR delivered 100 food packages to needy displaced
families in the city of Marib. The 800 beneficiaries were very thankful to our donors for the
life-saving gift they received before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. UHR will
continue delivering food assistance to the poorest of the poor in Yemen and other countries
during Ramadan.

 

 

Join us today to save lives and ensure that hungry families have enough food to break their fast.
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In response to the potential spread of the novel Coronavirus in the Gaza Strip and Jordan, United Hands Relief delivered 1,000 customized food parcels to families under quarantine, with a focus on people living in displacement and refugees camps.

Gaza is one of the most at risk cities in the world for an outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.

Thousands of vulnerable families live in cramped conditions with no access to clean water or proper sanitation, and are already facing crises like conflict and hunger. If the coronavirus reaches refugee camps, where people are already struggling with inadequate healthcare, poor hygiene and overcrowding, it will spread at an alarming rate and is likely to cause a devastating loss of life. For these communities, coronavirus could be a catastrophe.

$100 can provide a customized food package that contains nutritious food items enough for one month.
We urgently need your help to support our response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please give what you can today.

Your help is needed in these times of hardship

No matter how small, your contribution will make a big difference.

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There are a staggering 150 million orphans worldwide, and the numbers are only rising. Innocent orphans everywhere are vulnerable to poverty, hunger, disease and exploitation – like losing a parent isn’t hard enough!

Orphan Care has been so dear to our hearts since the beginning! United Hands Relief established the Orphan Care program to ensure that the livelihood of orphaned children in Palestine, Jordan, and East Africa are being met. United Hands Relief offers one-to-one sponsorship, where through our sponsors, our teams are able to provide food, clothing, health care and other basic necessities to orphans, while sponsors receive regular updates on the little ones they support, including photos.

As an orphan sponsor, you’ll have a unique one-to-one relationship with your sponsored child. UHR will send you updates showing how your contributions have allowed your sponsored child to flourish, giving them a brighter start in life. You can choose where you sponsor a child across the countries we serve, or you can leave it to the United Hands Relief team to make sure your donations go where they are most needed.

Life can change in a split of a second. Restore the hope for a better future in hundreds of orphans. You can alleviate the worries of an orphan and a widow by providing a monthly sponsorship of $65 a month.

By sponsoring an orphan, you can give a vulnerable innocent child the chance of a safe, happy childhood and the gift of a brighter future.

Your donation is all it takes.

Sponsor an orphan today!

Consider Sponsering an Orphan and Bring a Smile to Their Face

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Ramadan is upon Us and millions are suffering under the cogs of the Coronavirus pandemic, poverty, famine, and conflict. How do families affected by multiple crises celebrate the holy month of Ramadan?

Ramadan in Palestine, Yemen, Syria, Rohingya, East Africa and other countries hit hard by conflict and poverty should be a time of festivity and good will, where family members sit together at the table to break them at sunset. Instead, sadly it is not the case for millions of vulnerable families.

Life is often filled with hardship and suffering for poor people, especially displaced refugees living in these countries. And in this respect, Ramadan will be no different than any other month of the year. Due to conflict, blockade, famine, and the impact of economic restrictions, poverty is commonplace. As a result, millions of displaced refugees are struggling just to survive.

Poverty and Food Insecurity

Rising food prices mean that poor families are unable to access nutritious food. In Palestine, 1.6 million Palestinians don’t have enough to eat, and most people are forced to spend more than half of their income on food. This means that they have less to spend on other essentials, such as education and medicine.   In Gaza, 50% of people suffer from food insecurity. Unemployment stands at a staggering 43%.  In Kenya on the other hand, 17.6 million people live in extreme poverty. Somalia has a 73% poverty rate. And Yemen is on the brink of famine after a long civil war that began in 2015.

Poverty and food insecurity make observing Ramadan very difficult for poor families. When there’s not enough food to go around, it’s hard to plan and cook nutritious iftar meals to break each fast with. The increase in food prices also means that it’s impossible for many families to invite friends and neighbors to share in large meals, an important tradition that fosters a sense of community during Ramadan.

How You Can Help

Today, United Hands Relief launched its annual Pre-Ramadan Feed a Family Campaign. Our teams and partners on the ground will work to provide vulnerable families with the food their need for the month of Ramadan. All Muslims should be able to celebrate Ramadan, regardless of where they live in the world, and that’s why we’re asking our donors to give generously before the beginning of the holy month, so we can deliver the food packages to families on time.

For $100, you can provide a needy family with enough food to last them the entire month of Ramadan in Palestine, Yemen, Jordan (Palestinian & Syrian refugees), and Lebanon (Palestinian & Syrian refugees)

For $75, you can provide a needy family with enough food to last them the entire month of Ramadan in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Rohingya, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan.

For $10, you can provide a comforting warm iftar meal in the above mentioned countries.

$30 – Eid gift for orphaned children.

Bring these impoverished hungry families hope and joy they really deserve.

Help Feed A Family This Ramadan And Gain More Good Deeds.

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