Update - January 22, Monday. Total $484,480.11 has been distributed to 64 households (271 individuals) with many more arriving to Canada from Gaza. Since January 5, 23% have been helped with food, 43% with rent, 11% with clothes, and 21% with furniture.
Update - January 5, Friday. Total $384,836.75 has been distributed to 56 households (230 individuals) with many more arriving to Canada from Gaza. What have they been helped with? 100% with food, 54% with rent, 84% with clothes, and 48% with furniture.
Update - December 15, Friday. Over 41 families (181 individuals) have been provided with support. $164,168 in support has been distributed already. More are arriving and we need your continued support. Please give generously.
A coalition of Canadian Islamic charities and NGOs has come together to ensure that the families are supported with all their financial and (re)settlement needs. National Zakat Foundation and Nisa Foundation are the delivery partners responsible for providing this support.
Request for Privacy and Confidentiality
The families have requested that unless they give express permission, that media outlets as well as elected officials respect the privacy of all returning Canadians from Gaza when they land. It is important to note that many of them have just been through extraordinarily difficult circumstances and it is not appropriate to turn that moment into a photo op.
Phase 1: Immediate Arrival Support
In the first 2 months upon arrival, individuals and families who have returned will be greeted by a primary point of contact on behalf of the coalition of charities who will coordinate logistics and assess their needs.
Based on the needs of the family we will provide assistance including
• food gift cards
• rent deposits
• medical bills & prescriptions
• flight costs
• therapy sessions
• clothing and furniture assistance
and any other urgent needs the families may have.
Phase 2: Long Term Resettlement Support
We will continue to work to ensure that the families have their needs met for an additional 4 months. During this stage, the goal will also be to help the families work towards self-sufficiency and independence. After the 6 month period, we will continue working closely with the families to assess financial need and provide support if necessary.
It is important to note that although the returning families and individuals hold Canadian citizenship, there are many who have been away from Canada for a number of years now and do not have relatives or living arrangements in Canada. Many have little to no resources after escaping horrific circumstances, and will need resettlement support to build a life and home back in Canada.
Organizations Sponsoring This Response