Promote peaceful and productive futures for those who are marginalized — women, people with disabilities and youth. Help families recover from emergencies and ultimately achieve economic security, especially by empowering young people to use software and Internet technologies to connect with the global market.
The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million people, has been under a blockade since 2007, which has paralyzed its economy and led to severe shortages of water, electricity, food and fuel. According to the U.N., at least 80 percent of the population is dependent on external assistance.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency food and supplies to families displaced by crisis. We're on the ground providing aid during the current conflict and have responded to flooding in December 2013, the Israel-Hamas conflict in 2008-09, and border closures in 2005
- Children & Youth: Providing educational mentoring, one-on-one tutoring and psychosocial support for young people, who make up half the population
- Economic opportunity: Expanding employment opportunities, especially in the internet technology sector, by providing training, networking opportunities and seed funding for startups
All stories about West Bank and Gaza
West Bank and Gaza: Follow the Mercy Corps emergency response in Gaza August 21, 2014
Our team in Gaza doesn't know what the next day will bring. They keep working through conflict to help thousands of families every day. Read the latest updates.
West Bank and Gaza: Q+A: Supporting children through conflict August 21, 2014
While our emergency response in Gaza continues through fighting, our team is also working to help traumatized children cope with their experiences.
West Bank and Gaza: Delivery of emergency food and supplies continues amidst chaos July 31, 2014
As the conflict in Gaza continues to worsen, Mercy Corps team members are working in dangerous conditions to deliver much-needed emergency assistance on the ground.
West Bank and Gaza: Distributing assistance to thousands in the Gaza Strip July 23, 2014
Our team in Gaza is working through the conflict to distribute emergency food and supplies to families seeking safety.
West Bank and Gaza: Prepared to meet humanitarian needs in Gaza July 11, 2014
Our team in Gaza is working to provide emergency assistance to families in need as security allows.
West Bank and Gaza: Helping thousands stranded by widespread flooding December 16, 2013
We're distributing blankets, mattresses, jackets and supplies to families forced from their homes and facing an acute energy shortage in the Gaza Strip.
West Bank and Gaza: In the News: NPR's All Things Considered profiles Mercy Corps tech startups in Gaza October 17, 2013
Gaza is rich with educated youth but limited in job opportunities. We are working to develop Gaza as an innovative tech hub and support youth with startup dreams.
West Bank and Gaza: Wheelchairs are no barrier to sport August 5, 2013
A 15-year-old double amputee takes a shot during a wheelchair basketball tournament Mercy Corps organized in the West Bank, an area of the world where those with disabilities are highly marginalized.
West Bank and Gaza: Gaza Sky Geeks takes tech support to the next level June 13, 2013
In the isolated Gaza Strip, economic instability is a constant. But in the months after November's conflict, our work with tech-savvy Palestinian youth has taken a new spin.
West Bank and Gaza: Working through war November 26, 2012
The power of love in all the people I know — people I work with in Mercy Corps and people I care for — overcame the fear that filled everyone’s heart in Gaza.