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 were on the ground providing aid during the most recent conflict and 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
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Advocating for adoption of key psychosocial guidelines in Gaza
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Helping young women in the West Bank engineer a better future
“Wow! Look at this turn out – there are so many people here today!”
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Mercy Corps Gaza’s DME department celebrates its one-year anniversary
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): VIDEO: For the Children of Gaza
Since February 2009, immediately after Operation Cast Lead, Mercy Corps in Gaza has been implementing a comprehensive psychosocial program funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): 'I wish I was like the rest of the children in the world'
Roba wants to be an English teacher. Soad a lawyer. Abeer a psychological therapist, and Monzer a doctor. Hala has not yet decided what she wants to do in the future, but for now is determined to achieve the highest scores in school.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part three
My last visit of the day is to a neighborhood after-school program, where Mercy Corps pays unemployed graduates to work in after-school centres, supporting the learning of school children from particularly vulnerable households that are performing most poorly at school.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part two
In the late afternoon sunshine, we leave a dusty alley in one of the poorer neighbourhoods of Gaza City, and are welcomed into a small sewing workshop by Ali, the coordinator for this cash-for-work team.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Cash-for-work projects in Gaza – part one
On Sha’af street in Gaza City, twenty-five men work in unison, clearing the rubbish and sweeping away the dust that clogs the side of the road. They're all distinguished by the white caps they wear.
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Helping Gaza's children lead ‘normal’ lives again
Palestine (West Bank/Gaza): Mercy Corps continues humanitarian assistance in Gaza
Failing Gaza: No rebuilding, no recovery, no more excuses is the title of the latest report on Gaza, one year after Operation Cast Lead, the three-month military conflict between Israel and Hamas.