Gaza Rebirth: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

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For 50 days and nights the people of Gaza were subjected to unimaginable terror and devastation. At least 504 children were murdered and 2000 more lost their parents in the sixth full scale massacre by the Israeli military in the Gaza strip in eight years, adding to the already immense number of orphans in Gaza. At least 3,374 children were injured and hundreds are now permanently disabled. The horrors they witnessed during this latest massacre have left many children with permanent emotional scars and psychological damage. Due to the lack of available resources most will not be able to receive the treatment they require.

There are also 110,000 people displaced throughout Gaza and the number is steadily rising. In addition to the bombardment of civilian homes, infrastructure was heavily damaged. Water and sewage systems were both targeted in the air strikes. As a result half a million people in Gaza have no access to water, most of the population have 18-hour power cuts and food has become very scarce and expensive. The schools that were not destroyed or turned into shelters have begun classes late, winter is coming, and the living situation worsens every day throughout the strip.

The Palestinian people endured 50 days of tragedy. 50 nights of terror. And all the while they showed the world that they stand tall as some of the bravest human beings on this planet. For 50 days they taught us not only that they are survivors but also what it is to be alive. Through their pain and through their determination they taught us humanity.

What happened in Gaza during the latest brutal aggression killed many people in spirit even if not physically. We are here not just to help them rebuild but to help them find hope again, the same hope they gave us as they survived each day of horrifying Israeli aggression. We are here to show that we support their struggle for a rebirth as not just a wish but a right.

Objectives:
To provide 5 families in Gaza with help to repair their homes or make them livable.
To provide 5 families with their food , water and other supplies .
To help the children from 5 families go to school.

How can we achieve this?
Through the use of direct aid.

Direct aid can bypass organizations that are often held up by the same international entities or corporate interests that were complicit in the massacre. With direct aid it is easier to meet the individual needs of those who need assistance.
The current Israeli siege on Gaza delays receipt of aid to the people who need it and many of the goods sent are torn and damaged or left in Ashdod. Cash can be more useful to recipients since they know how to best use it to fit their situation. By sending direct aid you will know who receives your aid and what they use it for. This action will allow you to be directly connected to the people who you are helping.
Organizers in Gaza who are well known to people outside will select five families in need, who are well known to them.
After we have raised the initial $10,000 to help these five families, proof of the use of the money will be posted for the outside donors.
The initial $10,000 is meant to buy food, water and other essential supplies for the first 5 families and help their children obtain supplies for school.
We will then repeat the campaign adding more families and trusted workers and suppliers so direct aid can ripple out.

Help Gaza rebuild.
Help these families find hope for the future.
Join us and together we will help the rebirth of life in the Gaza Strip.

Who are we:
We are a group of friends in and out of Gaza who are trying to establish direct connection between people in Gaza who need aid and people outside Gaza who wish to help. This is the beginning of what we hope will become a trust network of people across Gaza and people around the world who can bypass centralized NGOs and aid each other directly. If this campaign is a success we will expand and add other people both in and outside.

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Video: The rebirth of life: Gaza | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyIvrdHSAJM

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“She will call me Daddy and Mummy” 11-yo in #Gaza cradling his infant sister in his arms. http://news.yahoo.com/gaza-children-left-orphaned-bloody-war-223052646.html
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

2,000 Gazan children lost parents in the latest Israeli massacre, 1000s of prior orphans. http://www.worldbulletin.net/palestine/144043/israeli-onslaught-leaves-2000-orphans-in-gaza
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

504 children killed in the 50 day attack on #Gaza, almost 1/4 of total Palestinian dead. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/gaza/11056976/The-children-killed-in-Gaza-during-50-days-of-conflict.html
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

3,374 children were injured in the #Gaza massacre,hundreds are now permanently disabled. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/19/gaza-children-disabledoperationprotectiveedge.html
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

8 year olds in #Gaza attacked by Israeli military 6 times, constant ceasefire violations. http://www.dci-palestine.org/content/fatalities-and-injuries
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

Hundreds more #Gaza children will now live out their childhoods in this orphanage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUfhc5g_wq4
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

>106,000 in #Gaza displaced to UN shelters and host families. Little progress rebuilding. http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Scale-of-Gaza-destruction-unprecedented-rehabilitation-will-cost-78-billion-PA-says-374460
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

18,000 #Gaza homes completely destroyed, the number of displaced 110,000 and rising. http://rt.com/op-edge/185524-un-gaza-damage-refugees/
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

Half a million in #Gaza have no access to water, most have 18-hour power cuts. http://rt.com/op-edge/185524-un-gaza-damage-refugees/
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

Israel (as usual) targeted #Gaza water and sewerage systems. http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israeli-jets-destroying-gaza-water-and-sewerage-systems-284613778#sthash.ncd2lmrM.dpuf
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

#Gaza food prices soar:”livestock killed by Israel’s attacks, or lack of food and water.” http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/08/gaza-food-crisis-palestinians-israel-bombings-20148237466450117.html
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

Life Among the Ruins in #Gaza: nothing has been resolved. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GRTEmhZZ_8
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

School is now a camp for displaced in #Gaza. The children have nowhere to go to school. pic.twitter.com/fYbGfgYxpf
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

1500 in #Gaza are using this UN school as an IDP camp. No electricity or running water. pic.twitter.com/MzBg42LJae
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

The streets are just piles of rubble. Beit Hanoun neighbourhood, #Gaza. pic.twitter.com/OXCffduwBl
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

#Gaza. Winter is coming. The massacre has not stopped, it has simply become silent again. pic.twitter.com/gZWUp8eHiL
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

Far more always die of starvation, no medical, disease, no shelter than bombs, media only reports bombs. #Gaza
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

Refusing to lift siege on #Gaza is not a ceasefire, it is a silent death sentence for far more. #FreePalestine
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

#GiftsFromPalestine Shopping Guide: http://pastebin.com/FppDdR9d
Aid http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gaza-rebirth/x/8648264

For more information: #opBOYCOTTisrael http://pastebin.com/9ekYSrAa
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