The children featured in the film are just a handful of thousands of children living in the Gaza Strip. Psychological trauma is one of the major long term issues facing these children. The Gaza Community health program provides mental health services, with special emphasis on vulnerable groups such as children, women and victims of torture and human rights violations.
The children's team provides therapeutic and preventive services to reduce the level of mental health related problems. The team's work includes the therapeutic approach of play therapy as well as community activities with parents, teachers, school counselors, and other professionals working with children. Further information specifically on their work with children can be found at www.gcmhp.net/File_files/Children.html or more general information on their work in Gaza at http://www.gcmhp.net/
But it’s not just mental trauma, many of the children who received war injuries are still in need of follow up operations or physiotherapy. Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF provides physiotherapy and post-operative treatment to those wounded in the conflict in the Gaza strip. Prior to the December incursion MSF had set up a pediatric programme which began operating in February 2008 in the northern Gaza Strip. This was MSF’s response to the general lack of care and the overloading of the only existing paediatric referral hospital. Outpatient consultations, medical care and follow-up are offered to children under 12 years old. They continue to work in the strip and also provide surgical support to the hospitals in Gaza more about their work can be found at http://www.msf.org.uk/palestine.focus
The Mental and physical health issues are only a fraction of the problems facing daily life. Thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged during the war and reconstruction is a real issue.
With high levels of unemployment and a blockade restricting building materials those that are availble through the tunnels are now priced out of most people’s reach.
Action Aid http://www.actionaid.org.uk/101674/gaza_crisis_appeal.html have been operating Cash-for-work reconstruction programs which help families return to a more dignified and normal life, with adults earning a living again and children going to school. Their partner Asala http://www.asala-pal.com/ has also been working with women, particularly those who have been widowed and whose businesses have been damaged. They have been providing business loans so that the woman can start again.
Oxfam https://www.oxfam.org.uk/donate/gaza_crisis.html have also been been starting cash for work programs as well as helping farmers, supporting activities in kindergartens promoting hygiene and healthy living among young children, running a food voucher project which provides locally-grown fresh produce at fair prices to poor and food insecure families, and distributing hygiene kits.
In the southern parts of the Gaza Strip, Oxfam has also been working with households to develop the space on their rooftops to breed rabbits and fish, and to grow fruit and vegetables.
Water and sanitation is another area Oxfam have been working as well as distributing various essential supplies such as water tanks, candles, tarpaulins and mattresses.
Out of the children featured in our documentary only Ibraheem’s family qualifies for refugee status. However approximately two thirds of the population of Gaza are refugees having been displaced form their villages in Israel. UNWRA is the largest organization working with these refugees http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=64 Operating through more than 10,000 staff in over 200 installations, UNRWA delivers education, health care, relief and social services, microcredit and emergency assistance to registered Palestine refugees in Gaza.
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However if you specifically want to help one of the children featured in the film. We have set up a special fund, managed through the True Vision Foundation
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