S'pore NGO to hold fundraising drive from May 22 to 30 to extend aid to affected communities in Gaza

RLAF said the spread of the Covid-19 virus has "aggravated existing vulnerabilities" in Gaza.

Kayla Wong | May 20, 2021, 04:54 PM

The Rahmatan Lil Alamin (Blessings to all) Foundation (RLAF) is organising a collection to provide aid in the form of health, relief and social services for communities affected by the recent developments in Gaza.

The RLAF is a non-governmental organisation set up by MUIS (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore) in 2005 for the Singaporean Muslim community to render compassion to the poor, needy and victims of disaster regardless of faith or race.

The fundraising effort is done in collaboration with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Humanitarian aid for residents in Gaza

On the situation in Gaza, RLAF said:

"Gaza has seen tragic injuries, loss of human lives and extensive destruction of physical infrastructures.

Already-high levels of psychosocial stress, especially among children, have been further exacerbated.

To date, 1.9 million Palestinian people living in Gaza -- of which more than 70 per cent are registered Palestine refugees -- are in urgent need of UNRWA emergency humanitarian assistance.

To date, more than 56,000 Palestinians are displaced in Gaza."

RLAF added the the spread of the Covid-19 virus has "aggravated existing vulnerabilities" and continue to impact the people of Gaza.

Elaborating further, the foundation said Palestinian refugees are left to seek shelter at UNRWA schools and other places during the global Covid-19 pandemic with "limited access to water, food, sanitation, and health services, such as UNRWA Salah Eddin School, one of 56 shelters of its kind in Gaza".

"Our hearts go out to the casualties of this humanitarian crisis and their families," it said, adding that this is the reason for its online fundraising effort starting from May 22 to May 30 to contribute towards humanitarian aid for the Palestinians.

All donations will be channeled through UNRWA, which is actively operating on the ground to provide humanitarian aid to the victims and families, RLAF said.

Members of the public can make their online donations via various platforms, that you can see here.

Top image via UNRWA