The Next Century Foundation is one of the few not for profit charitable organisations with an office in Gaza and a long standing history of involvement in the war torn Gaza Strip.
We are a peace organisation founded on the principle of promoting freedom from fear and rapprochement between nations. We do not normally engage in humanitarian relief work.
We are aware however that the major aid organisations have neither our access nor our contacts. So we thought we would try and do something to highlight the plight of our friends in Gaza.
The NCF office is in the Gaza Media Centre in Gaza city. We have a broad based membership in Gaza, but most of our members are Gazan journalists.
Our intention is not to deliver reconstruction aid at this point but instead to deliver help to families that have lost their breadwinner, starting with the families of journalists killed in the current conflict.
In the present conflict:
1. Thirteen journalists have been killed
2. 43 journalists have been injured
3. Twelve media offices have been partially damaged like those of Al Jazeera and UPI or completely destroyed like those of Al Aqsar TV and Watania.
4. Twelve homes of journalists have been damaged in shelling, five of them in Tel al Hawar area
5. Five cars used by journalists have been completely destroyed and 9 damaged
Journalists face particular danger because their job requires them to move from place to place, most particularly the independent and freelance journalists. All those killed were young. 7 were killed at work in the field. In Sharquiya area three were killed and two injured (one with the loss of both legs) in just one shelling.
Some of the journalists’ families that have lost their breadwinner could do with small emergency grants.
Small independent media organisations are also having difficulty broadcasting because of the lack of electricity in Gaza now. The small offices only have little 3 or 4 kw generators that will not run 24/7. A generator would cost US$1,600 but there are 20 small media offices that need generators.
Adel Zaanoon from The Gaza Media Centre who is known to many of you says if we send a dollar they will match it by raising a dollar locally.
Our target is to raise US$100,000. But even if we raise a small fraction of that amount we can change lives in Gaza for the better.
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