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UN Award for Islamic Help Recognises Gaza Work

17th November, 2015

The United Nations has presented an award to Islamic Help for its efforts in helping the Palestinian population during the 2014 Gaza conflict.

The plaque, from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), recognises the work of Islamic Help in delivering enough emergency aid to benefit more than 1 million Palestinians during the crisis.

The two organisations worked in partnership as part of the humanitarian relief effort, which included an agreement signed at the UN headquarters in Washington to ensure the continuing delivery of emergency fuel to Gaza’s hospitals during the conflict.

The conflict lasted 50 days from July 8, 2014, and more than 2,100 Palestinians were killed. More than 500,000 people - 28% of Gaza's population - were displaced.

Islamic Help's donors and supporters helped provide emergency aid including flour to make bread for nearly 500,000 citizens; emergency food packs at 14 shelters run by the United for the displaced, and clean drinking water for more than 9,000 beneficiaries.

We provided hygiene kits for more than 15,000 individuals at UN-run shelters; medical help for thousands of patients and a host of educational programmes. At the height of the crisis, Islamic Help provided $500,000 to the UN allowing it to supply emergency fuel to 20 hospitals and health centres for the benefit of 1.2 million Palestinians in just one month.

As well as UNRWA - the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees - Islamic Help also worked with the World Health Organisation and other partners to provide medical equipment and aid worth £135,000 to Palestine where it was distributed by the Palestine Red Crescent Society to 9 hospitals for the treatment of nearly 40,000 beneficiaries.