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Children of Peace endorses this vital humanitarian project - the Gaza Toy Drive.
The tragic violence taking place between Israel and Hamas (July 2014) only serves
to remind us of the desperate plight of Gazan children.
A full 50 percent of the Gaza population are children under 15 years of age, living
in one of the most densely populated places on earth with some 4,091 people per square
kilometre. Infant mortality is 26 per 1000 births out of a population of 1.1 million.
Of particular concern is children's health with only 38% of households connected
to a sewage system.
TOYS FOR GAZA
One of the project organisers Ahmed Salti tells us more:
"We are a group of three individuals, supported by people from all walks of life,
connected by a strong dedication to the children of Palestine through our experience
of spending time in Gaza and the West Bank, through extensive reading and also through
daily contact with the people of Gaza in particular the young people and their families.
Each of us come from diverse backgrounds - from mental health and Mindfulness therapy,
art and web design and use of these disciplines in working with children, knowledge
of human rights and international politics - and we share a joint empathic ability
to connect with people of all ages. I also speak Arabic, which is a great help in
We have been lucky to date, to secure the support of many people who also respect
the need for peace in children's lives and we look forward to the support of many
more individuals and international groups so as to secure the maximum potential for
this child based project that seeks only to bring some semblance of normalcy to the
lives of children who have suffered, and continue to suffer from too much fear and
uncertainty and ongoing traumatic stress disorder.
We are aware that the situation in Gaza is delicate and we will work with all authorities
to assure that we are a non-political group whose focus is solely on humanitarian
work in a law-abiding manner.
We thank you for considering lending us your support and can guarantee that the only
approach that we will bring to Gaza will be evidenced in the delivery of toys, clothes
and books and time spent with families and groups in delivering all of the items
For more information and to support the organisers of the Gaza Toy Drive, please
see this Facebook page.
Photo: Jennifer Miftaroska
Thousands of vulnerable children in Israel and Palestine suffer from the conflict.
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