Test Table AFSC's Gaza Emergency

How AFSC is responding to the crisis in Gaza and how you can help.

Israeli attacks on Gaza have internally displaced over 2 million people and damaged and destroyed more than half of the homes. Gaza is under total blockade, and its entire population is in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including essentials like food, water, medical supplies, and fuel.

AFSC's emergency aid effort is helping to alleviate suffering in the short term and reduce inequality and oppression in the long term

In Gaza, AFSC has provided emergency relief to displaced people in the Khan Yunis and Rafah regions of Gaza, reaching more than 49,000 people. Since late December, our staff have begun serving hot meals from an open-air kitchen to displaced people living outside of shelters, reaching around 2,000 people a day. 

Our staff, working with partners, have so far provided:

Food for 16,394 people.
Hot meals, food parcels, and fresh vegetables.

Drinking water for 29,443 people.

Hygiene kits for 1,850 women and 200 seniors.
Soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, women's hygiene products, and other supplies.

Recreational activities for 645 children.

We are also sending additional aid through Egypt into Gaza when Israeli authorities allow it. So far, we have procured two trucks of food and one truck of medicine. Now we’re procuring three more trucks with blankets and winter clothes for families.

We will continue to assess needs and adapt as needed. As conditions change, our approach may change. We will continue to review and revise this document to be transparent about our work.

Our skilled local team has mobilized and networked with the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), United Nations clusters, United Nations agencies (OCHA oPt, UNRWA, and World Food Program), and active local and international agencies in Gaza. 


In Egypt, AFSC staff and partners pack boxes of food for Gaza. Maryam Azzam

Over the past decade, AFSC has been actively delivering humanitarian aid in Gaza in partnership with six local nongovernmental organizations. In the current crisis, AFSC is building on our network to coordinate the best community-informed responses that cover the broadest range of affected communities with little duplication of efforts.

Today, AFSC has offices and staff in Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank, and Jordan. AFSC has been present in the Middle East since 1948 when the United Nations asked us to organize relief efforts for Palestinian refugees in Gaza. This built on our work to give relief to civilians living on all sides of the World Wars. Since then, our programs have provided agricultural development, kindergartens, midwife training, humanitarian aid, trauma healing, and intercommunal exchanges for over seven decades. We have maintained a steadfast commitment to supporting emergency relief for Palestinians and lasting peace with justice for Palestinians and Israelis. 

AFSC’s programs combine humanitarian service with tireless work on changing attitudes, systems, and laws to create lasting social change. We do not rest with the crucial work of healing the wounds of war; our true mission as a Quaker organization is to root out the causes of violence in our world. Now we are raising money for humanitarian assistance and calling for a cease-fire, humanitarian access, safe passage, and long-term work toward addressing oppressive systems in Gaza, all occupied Palestinian land, and Israel. 

Thank you for your support.