10 July 2014

In Gaza: SOS Children’s Villages Stops Activities as Airstrikes Continue


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Media contact: Stephanie Rendon, srendon@sos-usa.org 
 

(07/10/2014) - SOS Children's Villages Rafah is situated about 9 miles from the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The area is densely populated and the town is estimated to have around 71,000 inhabitants. Most of the inhabitants are Palestinian refugees.
 
Situation now at SOS Children's Village Rafah

 

  • Children’s outdoor activities at the SOS village have stopped.
  • 8 SOS mothers, 3 youth leaders, 6 co-workers and 1 village director are now staying inside the village for emergency reasons and for closer coordination of the programs.

General situation of current violence

 

  • Israel has carried out more than 220 air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
  • Palestinian militants have fired dozens of rockets at Israel.
  • Gaza officials say 35 Palestinians have now died in the recent hostilities, with 150 more injured.
  • Officials say half of the casualties are civilians, a number of them women and children.
More than a decade of difficulties
 
The people in the Gaza Strip faced, and continue to face, many difficulties due to the political, social and economic situation. It is important to note that SOS Children's Villages has no political affiliation. SOS Children’s Villages has contributed to the improvement of living conditions through our programs in Rafah.  We have been supporting families so that children can grow up in loving homes with their parents and siblings. We also run a kindergarten and a primary school in the area. Here's a map that shows our locations: 
 

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Make a donation here to help us provide basic necessities like food, clothing and medicine to children and families in need. 
 

SOS Children’s Villages creates stable, loving families for orphaned and abandoned children. The organization provides mothers who give individual attention and guidance to each child until they become an independent adult. They are raising 82,100 children in over 500 villages across 133 countries.