" Most days we sat outside the house as we had no light inside the house."
Alhamdulillah she can now sit indoors , with the completion of Viva Palestina Malaysia's first project in Lebanon , providing lighting for 15 homes of elderly and disabled Palestinian refugees at Burj-alBarajneh and Shatila camps.
The situation of Palestinian refugees at these camps is extremely miserable and there is a lot we can do to help.
Alhamdulillah , on Thursday at the besieged camp of Yarmouk, Damascus , we completed the 6th medical week where 1,027 people came to visit doctors from the Palestinian Red Crescent and get medicines over a period of one week . We also distributed 200 cans of milk to vulnerable babies and toddlers at both Yarmouk and Khan Eshieh camps. Thanks to the doctors and medical officers as well as staff of Alkhayriah the Charitable Assoc for Palestinian Relief .
Our microcredit financing project ( since 2012) has enabled 108 small businesses to start in Gaza and the West Bank. The borrowers are not burdened with interest payments as these are Islamic loans, and alhamdulillah the success rates are high. Loans paid back are rolled into new businesses.
There are many applicants waiting, so inshaa Allah we will put more funding into this project and expand it.
Beneficiary Name: Fasal S. Al Juob Gender: Male. Address: Rafah Governorate. Family members: 6. Loan amount: 2500 USD. Small shop for selling electrical tools and equipment.
Beneficiary Name: Bazezah Al Hadad. Gender: Male. Address: Middle Area Governorate. Family members: 8. Loan amount: 2500 USD. Small shop for selling Houseware.
Beneficiary Name: Shadi Qdeeh Gender: Male. Address: Khanuness Governorate. Family members: 8. Loan amount: 2500 USD. Small shop for selling Sanitary tools.
"Gaza is in a state of humanitarian shock, due primarily to Israel’s blockade, supported by the US, the EU and Egypt and now entering its 11th year." Sara Roy, Harvard professor who visited Gaza recently and noted there was now a sense of desperation among the population.
This Ramadan, we had to reach out and do more, for more people.
Alhamdulillah the donors have been kind and generous, and this has been a busy and productive Ramadan for our team, and we have provided:
1. Food baskets for 1,570 poor families in Gaza, the West Bank and Southern Turkey.
2. Iftar for 2,000 people at Al Aqsa
3. Zakat distribution to 230 families which some used to provide Eid clothing for their kids.
4. Outdoor iftar party for 60 orphans.
5. Added funds to our Poor Families Box for emergency cases like medical treatment.
6. Provided 300 cans of milk to babies and toddlers at Khan alshieh camp in Damascus, Syria.
Thank you to all who have donated , may Allah bless you with much more in return.
(Quran 2:261 The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah, is that of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower.)
Despite of lack in raw materials and the absent of power sources (electricity) in Gaza Strip the process of rehabilitation 10 houses for poor families has started, hope we finish the work as soon as possible in order to draw the smile of families' faces.
Added to this are the new restrictions on funds entering Gaza from other places.
Though we can't make up this shortfall, alhamdulillah we have raised funds for the following projects in Palestine:
1. Over 1,000 food baskets for poor families all over Gaza, West Bank and PalestinianSyrian refugees in Turkey.
2. Iftar meals for 2,000 at AlAqsa .
3. Small cash gifts of zakat to the needy in Gaza.
Please continue donating as we will be sending funds as they come in inshaaAllah. All contributions can be made to Pertubuhan Viva Palestina Malaysia
Maybank : 564-324-601-324
This morning we started the fifth medical clinic week in Syria with CAPR using the services of doctors from the Palestinian Red Crescent.
Previous mobile clinics were held at Yarmouk camp but today's clinic was at Khan el Sheikh another refugee camp in the Damascus area under siege by the government.
1800 families still live here at this camp which had come under heavy bombardment last year . The rebel forces have left 4 months ago but the area is still under siege and the people have not had access to medical services for a long time.
We served 202 patients today and have permission to continue for another 4 days.
Meeting today with brother Khaled Samra who came fr Damascus with updates on our work in Syria.
He is with AlKhayriiah, the Charitable Association for Palestinian Relief, who organises our weeklong mobile clinics with doctors from the Palestinian Red Crescent.
In 2016 Viva Palestina Malaysia held 4 mobile clinics serving a total of 5,200 patients, who are residents of Yarmouk and surrounding areas. We also ran 4 projects providing milk to 3,000 babies at Yarmouk and Aleppo.
The video is from one of our clinics held at Yarmouk camp. This is a translation of the interviews:
Doc: this is a good campaign to help the needy families and decrease their suffering.
Medical staff 1: We are proud to help the needy people by providing for them medical treatment and medicines.
Medical staff 2: We have specialized clinics (heart, eyes, women) and we are looking for cover all medical treatments.
Medical staff 3: This is the first time we entered these places and cover what people need from medical treatments and medicines.
Woman 1: Today a lot of medicines were provided for people, we need cans of milk for babies also.