The sole power plant in Gaza shut down. Electricity is out for over 22 hours each day, which makes even the simplest of tasks impossible. That's why we're asking your help to send Nur Al Amal (Light of Hope) solar-powered lanterns through the blockade to children in Gaza so they can study and play safely when the power is out. We've partnered with four Palestinian Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to distribute lights directly to families in need. A 2-for-1 matching grant now sends twice as many lights. Help empower Gaza's next generation, help open the blockade, and bring hope to all.
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Thanks to the remarkable generosity of individuals, families, schools and faith groups and thanks to two matching grants, Rebuilding Alliance's shipment of 11,520 solar-powered Nur Al Amal lanterns passed through the blockade to Gaza’s Children arriving in early August. Another 11,520 cleared port in Israel and are awaiting sign-off by Gaza's government before we send them too. But 750,000 children are impacted by this 10 year blockade — with your help, we'll send more.
Here's what Gaza families are saying about what a difference the Nur Al Amal solar lanterns have made:
“I use (the solar lanterns) always at night to teach my children instead of using candles because candles are very dangerous for us, but the solar light is much safer and easier. I use it to light the children's room because they are afraid of darkness when they go to the bathroom at night. They are not any more after using the solar lights. Finally, thanks a lot for people who do their best to help us in this very bad electricity situation.”
“My husband uses it when he goes to the mosque to pray at night and at dawn, and my children use it to light their rooms at night to study. Also I use it when I work in the kitchen and cook for the family. I want to thank God and I appreciate the efforts of those who sent the lights for us so it can help us in our lives. It is much easier to use for women and old people and for children and most importantly it is a really good alternative to candles. It is much safer than candles. Many accidents happened here in Gaza because of candles, families burnt because of using candles while sleeping at night. Our children are now safe with the solar lights.”
"I use it in studying at night. I am now in the high school and with this bad electricity that we live in, I suffer a lot because I need to study hard to get a high average. Nur Al Amal lantern is easy and doesn't cost anything, I put it in my room and I turn it on all the night when I am studying, it is a really good alternative for candles because it is much safer and I prefer it. Thank you, I am speechless and can't find the words to thank you."
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