ACTNews, GAZA – A number of volunteers were seen busy preparing hundreds of food packages on Friday (3/8) since early in the morning. Some were arranging white boxes, with Indonesia Humanitarian Center written on them, in rows; some were putting the foodstuffs into each box; some others were checking each box to make sure that they are sealed after all of the foodstuffs were put inside. These food packages are to be distributed to hundreds of beneficiaries in Gaza for the first time.
Indonesia Humanitarian Center (IHC) in Gaza is an aid distribution center established by Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) supported by the people of Indonesia. The IHC in Gaza has been prepared since early 2019. In early March, several food supplies were prepared to be packed. Indonesian and Palestinian flags printed on each box show the solidarity of the people of Indonesia for the people of Palestine.
Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT explained that the IHC in Gaza aims to help alleviating food insecurity in the region. The IHC program will run in unison with other ongoing ACT programs for Palestine such as the Indonesian Public Kitchen and the Humanity Card program. “All will be integrated with the IHC,” said Faradiba.
She further mentioned that the food packages are ready to be distributed in near future. At least 15 kinds of foodstuffs were packed, consisting of 1 kilogram of rice, 2 liters of cooking oil, 3 kilograms of sugar, 1 can of corned beef, 5 kilograms of rice and other kinds of food supplies.
The IHC in Gaza will also serves as the supplier for the waqf shops that will be built in Gaza. Faradiba mentioned that the waqf shop program is to be initiated soon.
IHC will hopefully be able to a solution to ease the food insecurity in Gaza. United Nations’ Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Occupied Palestinian Territories (OCHA OPt) reported that Over 68 percent of households in the Gaza Strip, or about 1.3 million people, are severely or moderately food insecure, according to the preliminary findings of the latest Socio-Economic and Food Security Survey (SefSec) carried out in 2018.
According to OCHA OPt, food insecurity in the Palestine is primarily caused by limited economic access to food. The 2017 Household Expenditure and Consumption Survey found that the poverty rate in Gaza had increased from 38.8 to 53 percent since the previous survey in 2011.