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
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West Bank and Gaza: Bold murals help youth heal and inspire
This International Youth Day, we celebrate youth in war-torn Gaza who are learning how to express themselves, dream for the future and beautify their communities through art therapy.
West Bank and Gaza: A year after conflict, families are determined to rebuild
Rebuilding is difficult in any situation, but in Gaza, it’s nearly impossible. Learn how we’re helping families cope and move forward.
West Bank and Gaza: Wrecked homes provide little warmth for Gazan families
Devastated by last summer’s conflict, people in Gaza are now suffering through a cold winter storm. We’re helping them stay warm.
West Bank and Gaza: Families struggle to rebuild
The fighting in Gaza has subsided, but the story is far from over. For families who've lost their homes and livelihoods, recovery is not easy.
West Bank and Gaza: Follow the Mercy Corps emergency response in Gaza
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: What clean water means to families in Gaza
For 10-year-old HIba and her family, clean water from Mercy Corps one thing they can count on during these precarious days in Gaza.
West Bank and Gaza: Q+A: Supporting children through conflict
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
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
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
Our team in Gaza is working to provide emergency assistance to families in need as security allows.