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Gaza Crisis: Untold Ways You Can Make a Difference Today

Gaza Crisis: Untold Ways You Can Make a Difference Today

Ensuring Safe and Effective Donations for Gaza

In the midst of the crisis in Gaza, it is important for individuals and companies to make their donations in a safe and effective manner. By following established emergency response appeal mechanisms and trusted aid organizations, donors can ensure that their contributions are making a real impact on the ground.

The Importance of Established Emergency Response Appeal Mechanisms

Donations made through well-coordinated emergency response appeal mechanisms, such as the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), have proven to be the most effective way to support populations in crisis. Individuals who wish to help Gazans are strongly encouraged to follow this route or donate through other trusted aid organizations.

To ensure the safety and effectiveness of donations, there are simple steps that donors can take:

– Check the charity’s name and registration number using the search the charity register tool. Most charities with an income of £5,000 or more must be registered, meaning they are regulated by The Charity Commission.
– Verify the authenticity of the charity before providing any financial information.
– If there are any doubts, reach out to the charity or organization for more information.

Donating Cash Instead of Goods

One of the best ways to help is by donating cash through trusted charities and aid organizations, rather than donating goods. Currently, delivering aid into Gaza is complex and reliant on the Rafah border crossing. The UK government is unable to provide advice on shipments, including transport, logistics, tax, and customs.

Guidelines for UK Companies

UK companies wishing to donate are advised to follow the guidance mentioned above and donate through established emergency response appeal mechanisms or trusted aid organizations. For companies interested in in-kind donations, it is recommended to explore opportunities through existing partnerships with the UN, the Red Cross, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Additionally, reaching out to established charities registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, and the Fundraising Regulator is encouraged.

The government has also published guidance for organizations operating in high-risk jurisdictions. This guidance aims to support organizations in delivering legitimate humanitarian aid while complying with counter-terrorism legislation and/or sanctions.

By following these guidelines and donating through trusted channels, individuals and companies can make a significant impact in supporting the people of Gaza during this crisis.

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