As the crisis in Gaza continues to impact on the lives of civilians, including of course children, we have turned our thoughts to how we could support.
“Never in Oxfam’s history have we seen a humanitarian crisis like the one in Gaza” (OXFAM CEO DANNY SRISKANDARAJAH)
We appreciate we’ve been doing a lot of charity things here this term already, but we don’t think we can ignore the situation in Gaza and neither do many in our community who have already been in touch to ask if we will be supporting humanitarian causes:
Over 3,000 children have been killed in the last 3 weeks alone. The number of children reported killed in Gaza in just three weeks has surpassed the annual number of children killed in conflict zones since 2019” (SAVE THE CHILDREN)
We believe that our school, with its strong sense of community and values, should and can make a positive impact in providing support and raising awareness about the crisis in Palestine.
We consder that it is entirely possible to do this in a non-sectarian way, focussing on the humanitarian crisis and the lives of children.
We have looked at the work of various humanitarian charities and feel most comfortable with supporting UNICEF. The landing page for their appeal re-iterates their commitment to all children and makes clear their work with children in Israel too. We teach our children here about the UNICEF RIghts of The Child, so it ties together with our work on that very neatly.
We have Children in Need coming up this month and do not want to over-burden the community with an additional appeal quite yet, but we will be looking closely at what we can do to support UNICEF’s work for the children of Gaza in the approach to Christmas.