Emergency Alliance, a coalition of New Zealand’s leading humanitarian NGOs, are heartened by the support and compassion Kiwis have shown towards the war-affected people of Gaza. Emergency Alliance Executive Director Paul Brown says “Kiwis really stepped up by donating more than $450,000, which is a fantastic result for our first appeal as a coalition. Despite the complexity of this situation, each agency will be able to use these funds now to help people affected by this crisis.
“We know much more aid will be required to help children and families. By donating to our appeal, you’re not taking sides – you are helping those who need it most, across the region.”
Since October 7, more than 12,000 people have been killed across the region, including more than 4,200 children. Gaza is home to about 2.3 million people – 80% of whom rely on humanitarian aid. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres yesterday described the area as ‘becoming a graveyard for children. Hundreds of girls and boys are reportedly being killed or injured everyday’.
Emergency Alliance member Caritas Aotearoa’s Chief Executive Mena Antonio says: “Our partners in the Holy Land are working in horrific conditions, and some of our colleagues and their families have tragically been killed. It is an enormous challenge getting aid through, and the recent indications of pauses in military actions are a huge help. When the humanitarian corridor fully opens our teams can deliver vital supplies including food and medicines.”
Emergency Alliance member Christian World Service’s National Director Tim Pratt described the collective impact of humanitarian agencies working together: “Working in unison helps us direct our efforts towards the response, and it’s great to have the support of Kiwis to get much needed food, hygiene kits, medications, and medical treatment to families when it is safe.”
Emergency Alliance unites eight leading New Zealand charities to help respond to humanitarian emergencies. Brown says by working together and having a central website to donate, we can remove the confusion of which charity to support.
Emergency Alliance encourages New Zealanders to support the Gaza Humanitarian Crisis appeal by donating online at www.emergencyalliance.org.nz