Episcopal Relief & Development Israel-Hamas War response expands to provide health care and education in the West Bank

Episcopal Relief & Development
Posted Feb 15, 2024

Episcopal Relief & Development, in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Anglican Alliance, is expanding its support to additional communities where people have been physically, emotionally and financially impacted by the war in the Holy Land.

As the impacted areas have grown, with violence, supply shortages, displacement and unemployment spanning the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the Diocese of Jerusalem has identified health care and education as priorities. Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the ongoing emergency and mental health services of Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza, Saint Luke’s Hospital in Nablus and Penmen Clinic in Jenin as well as providing access to education for children whose families have lost income as a result of the war.

“The war has torn apart communities and families and has already had a devastating impact on the health infrastructure, and we know that it will take a long time to fully address evolving needs,” said Sawsan Aranki, Programs Development Officer at the Diocese of Jerusalem. “Our work is only in the beginning stages of recovery, starting to help people who have fled to heal and restore their shattered lives and livelihoods. As violence continues, so do the ever-increasing urgent needs.”

Long-term recovery takes years, with many setbacks that slow down the process. This phase of the response to the war targeting health and education needs in the displaced population in Gaza and the West Bank is estimated to last for six months. The strategy will adapt to arising needs as necessary. Episcopal Relief & Development will continue to support the diocese and other local partners in this phase and into the future.

Please continue to pray for all people affected by the Israel-Hamas war. Support of the Episcopal Relief & Development Middle East Fund will help to address immediate and long-term needs through locally-led partnerships.