Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is donating $100,000 (£71,000) to Save the Children's Emergency Fund, $25,000 to KinderUSA and $25,000 to DCI Palestine to support families in Gaza, as they begin the long process of rebuilding their lives after the recent escalation of violence with Israel.
Her donation will help our teams respond quickly to crises around the world - like the one in Gaza right now.
How Malala's donation makes a difference
Malala’s donation will help children get the lifesaving and life-changing support from Save the Children that they need, including:
- repairing damaged schools
- providing clean water and food vouchers
- supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing
- providing nutrition services for pregnant people and new mothers
The toll of the latest violence
At least 66 Palestinian children in Gaza and two from Israel were killed this month, and many hundreds were injured. Six hospitals, nine clinics and 50 schools were damaged in Gaza.
The hospitals that are able to function are struggling to cope. Gaza's infrastructure has been badly damaged, with water pipes burst and just six to eight hours of electricity a day.
Malala's call to world leaders
Malala Yousafzai said:
“Like many others around the world, I am devastated by the brutality and inhumanity against Palestinian children. They deserve to live in peace, to feel safe in their homes, to be educated and to pursue their dreams – just like any other child. I hope these gifts will help them return to school and start the process of rebuilding their lives. I want Palestinian children to know that I stand with them and believe in their future.”
“I pray for a lasting peace in the region and call on leaders to protect every child’s fundamental rights.”
Thank you Malala for your incredibly generous donation, and for standing with children.
Standing with children
Jason Lee, Save the Children’s Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territory, said:
"While we welcome the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza, it isn’t enough as Palestinian children are still denied their fundamental rights."
Children have told us they imagine a world where they have equal rights and live in peace and security. We owe it to future generations to do everything we can to make this a reality."
Photo credit: Malin Fezehai for Malala Fund