Taawon has announced the success of its campaign “Palestine Calling” by unlocking 5 million USD within less than two months from its launch that came in response to the arising situation resulting from the spread of the pandemic. Taawon has emphasized the continuation of the campaign, especially in the light of the continuing state of emergency to encounter the spread of coronavirus. This requires progressive work in supporting the health sector’s readiness, providing basic food and health materials to families suffering from hard living conditions, or who lost their income sources in the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip as a result of the pandemic.
As for “Kolna Yed Waheda”, “We are all one hand” campaign which was launched in parallel to fulfill the needs of Palestinians in the refugee camps in Lebanon, it was successful in collecting over 560,000 USD, which contributed to providing the basic needs of food and health supplies to over 7,500 refugee families.
Yara Al-Salem, Taawon’s Director General, has expressed happiness over achieving the goal that Taawon had been aspiring to in a record time, especially in the light of the many challenges that face unlocking funding in such crisis. She said that more support is still needed.
Al-Salem pointed out that Taawom continues to implement its interventions within the two campaigns through a group of partners. Medical materials which includes medicines, consumables, and equipment for hospitals and medical centres are being distributed., in addition to providing food parcels and coupons in the West Bank including Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, and Lebanon.
It is worth mentioning that the interventions of the campaign which will continue until next June, reached until now about 3,500,000 USD. It targeted almost 98 thousand beneficiaries directly and 162 thousand beneficiaries indirectly.
Al-Salem thanked all the supporters who stood by Palestine in this critical time, pointing out the diversity of supporters between Arab and foreign institutions, members of Taawon, and its supporters from all over the world. She also confirmed that Taawon could build new financing partnerships that will deepen the cooperation in the coming period.
Al-Salem called upon Arab and international institutions, kind deeds people, businessmen and individuals to offer more support which should allow reaching a larger number of citizens and health institutions. She also thanked all partner institutions for their diligent work in the service of their homeland and their people.
Among the partners that Taawon channeled its aid through their partnership are the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the Ezz Waqf Fund, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, the Union of Charitable Societies in Jerusalem, Maan Development Center - , the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Al-Makassed Hospital, Al-Mutalaa Hospital, Palestinian Red Crescent Hospital, Princess Basma Center, St. John Hospital and St Joseph Hospital, Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Jerusalem, Beit Lahiya Development Association - Gaza, Union of Agricultural Work Committees - Gaza, Gaza Group for Culture and Development, Union of Health Work Committees Union - Gaza, Fares Al Arab for Development & Charity Works, Co-OperAtive Agriculture Association of Beit Hanoun, , Al-Amal Rehabilitation Society – Rafah. In Lebanon, through Atfal Beit Al-Samoud, Al-Najda Social Association, General Union of Palestinian Women, Arab Center for Popular Information, Joint Christian Committee for Social Service in Lebanon, Musawa, Charitable Women Association, Association for the Development of the Palestinian Camp.
It should be noted that the Taawon implements its development and relief projects within four major programs: education, culture, community development including youth empowerment, and orphans’ support, and the revitalization of old cities, in addition to the Palestinian Museum.