ACTNews, GAZA – The assembly of dozens of Tuk-tuk units for the Gazans is in its final stages. The vehicle from Global Wakaf-ACT empowerment program will come out soon and will be given to underprivileged communities in Gaza this week.
"Insha Allah, dozen tuk-tuks are ready to be distributed on Thursday (7/1/2021). Hopefully, this program can help restore Gaza's economy which is constantly disrupted by the Israeli occupation," said Said Mukkafiy from the team of ACT’s Global Humanity Response.
Usually, in the morning, Tuk-tuks are used to transport passengers, including children to school. In addition, they can also be used to sell cold drinks, snacks, and toys on the coast of Gaza.
Illustration. The Gazans use Tuk-tuk to sell merchandise such as food, beverages, and toys. (ACTNews)
"For the Gazans, Tuk-tuk is a multifunctional vehicle that is easy to operate. Tuktuk is in great demand by those who want to open their own business. ACT together with Global Wakaf initiated a program based on business capital waqf in the form of Tuk-tuk for the Gazans," continued Mukaffiy.
The Indonesian benefactors are expected to create opportunities for Gazans who have entrepreneurial skills through Waqf for the MSME program. This program has been running since February. "With the addition of this motorbike cart, Global Wakaf-ACT has provided seventeen Tuk-tuks for Gazan families," added Mukaffiy.
Essential facilities such as industrial factories, shops, and agricultural land in Gaza were destroyed by Israeli attacks. These destroyed facilities were essential for the economy in Gaza.
Based on a report by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor, the destruction and disruption of factories and economic establishments have pushed thousands into unemployment, which is already sky-rocketing high with a rate of about 49% in the Gaza Strip. This rate increases among youth and graduates to more than 67% due to the ongoing Israeli blockade for nearly 15 years.