Cycling4Gaza began to help address the humanitarian crisis caused by the wars and the Israeli-imposed blockade, and to raise awareness of the dire circumstances caused by these military incursions in Gaza. 2018 marks Cycling4Gaza’s 10th year. We are implementing a Cycling4Change campaign focusing on driving human development in Gaza through supporting grass root initiatives that strengthen civil society and building resilience within vulnerable communities in Gaza. We will do this by focusing on three key areas:
- Women Empowerment
- Community Rehabilitation targeting disabilities among children and adults
- Mental Health Support
Each project is developed to provide the tools and systems needed to positively impact the community as a whole by driving human development; creating functional sustainable units in an area suffering from lack of resources, choice and basic human rights (UN Human Rights Declaration). The women’s empowerment project provides specialised counselling and training for women to re-enter their communities and launch effective businesses positively impacting economic growth combatting the high levels of unemployment. Community rehabilitation provides knowledge and education, allowing individuals to make better choices throughout their lives and promote social equality and justice throughout. Targeting disabilities will help provide the support, care and infrastructure for individuals with disabilities to enter into society and be productive and contributing members of the community. The mental health support project creates a system where individuals can understand more about the available services and rights; thereby also providing more choice and opportunities ideally improving their overall standard of living. With 93% of children and 31% of adults suffering from some form of trauma, it is imperative that the infrastructure and support systems are in place to provide the care needed for these individuals.
Our campaign on human development works towards providing women and children with new avenues of freedom to try and alleviate as much suffering as possible caused by the siege created by political regimes.
Every human is entitled to their freedoms; the freedom to live, of choice, of movement, of thought; and our actions can help shape them.
For more details on us on the projects click here.