Israel & Gaza

Israel & Gaza Children

About Israel & Gaza

Since the outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza, the conflict has intensified and is having a devastating impact for children on both sides of the border. Children in Israel have also been affected, as rockets have fallen in many areas there and caused them to feel extreme stress and uncertainty. Until a permanent agreement is reached that ensures both Palestinian and Israeli children can live without fear, the numbers of those killed, injured or displaced will keep rising. With Gaza's territory affected by evacuation warnings or declared "no-go zones." the options for shelter for those displaced are limited. Over 100,000 people have sought temporary refuge in emergency shelters in Gaza; the conflict has also destroyed vital infrastructure including schools, medical facilities, and water and sanitary services. A year after conflict began, children in Gaza's hardest hit areas are showing signs of severe emotional distress. Learn more.

Facts About
Israel & Gaza

More than 11 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 14

10 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $52 a day

Our Work

Save the Children is one of the largest U.S. nongovernmental organizations working in the West Bank and Gaza addressing the immediate humanitarian and long-term development needs of children and adults. With over 30 years of experience on the ground, Save the Children is committed to building the capacity of and empowering our local partners to design, implement, sustain and monitor local development programs over the long term.

Israel has a very strong social services system that meets the needs of most of the children in that nation, as well as a robust emergency response program. Save the Children has an early childhood development program for children in need in the Nazareth community, as well as a long-term development project in Northern Israel.

Our Work in
Israel & Gaza

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 41,465
from harm

supported 27,258
in times of crisis

provided 7,006 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 12,822 families
feed their children

gave 1,106 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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