Collaboration of Indonesian Benefactors Brings Smile to Gazan Families in Winter

The collaboration of generous Indonesian benefactors continues to bring the bright smile of Gazan families in winter.

Families in North Gaza receiving new blankets and jackets through ACT’s Winter Aid Program.(ACTNews)

ACTNews, GAZA – Aisha rarely shop for new clothes. Therefore, the teenager from northern Gaza was very happy when visiting one of the clothing stores not far from her home. On Friday (3/6), Aisha was brought by her mother to choose any jacket she wanted.

Aisha was not alone. There were dozens of teenagers and other children who were taken by their parents to choose a warm jacket for themselves that day. These parents were able to take their children to buy new jackets thanks to the charity of the people of Indonesia through the Gaza winter aid program.

"We thank ACT for the warm clothes. I really like them. I'm very happy," said Aisha.

Andi Noor Faradiba from the Global Humanity Response (GHR) - ACT team explained that the winter aid distribution for residents in North Gaza was supported by various partners. "These partners are LAZISMU, DPC Kaumi, Darul Jannah, MRI Bireun Aceh, Badan Kontak Majelis Taklim, Koppjay, and DOD Medan," Faradiba reported.

The new winter jackets were given to 160 children. In addition, 100 new blankets were given to 100 impoverished families, families who have elderly family members who are prone to diseases due to winter. The winter gear distribution took place in the first week of March.

In winter, temperatures in Gaza can reach 10 degrees Celsius. Families who live in poverty often do not have a single room heater and jacket to face the winter. Besides, many also lost their homes to the Israeli attacks.

As cited by Reliefweb, according to a survey by Shelter Cluster, 23% of Gazan families live in dilapidated housing, while a further 27% live in homes that damage their health. Such poor housing conditions increase the likelihood of contracting harmful infections and developing respiratory problems. Inadequate shelter is also impacting the mental health and wellbeing of families and disrupting children’s education. []