This winter, we are pleased to announce that due to increased interest, Winter Walk 2016 will be taking place in the historic city of Cardiff!
As well as our usual locations in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Leicester. The Winter Walk will also be returning for the second year in a row in Glasgow, Bradford and Luton!
We hope you’ll be joining us in taking on this year’s Winter Walk 5 mile challenge for the children of Gaza in a city near you, insha’Allah!
Now in its 8th year, the Gaza Winter Walk has seen thousands of participants from communities across the UK join together to raise funds for the children of Gaza. Wrapped up warm with maps and refreshments in hand, they have taken on the five miles of chilly terrain ahead of them to help Gaza's children and the results have been spectacular.
Since 2007 when the Gaza Winter Walk first began, we have provided emergency relief such as food, shelter and medicines, set up income generation projects to rehabilitate the agricultural economy and built large-scale water purification systems to combat Gaza's severe water shortages.
As well as this we have supported the construction of the medical lab and integrated pharmacy in Al-Durrah Hospital and the expansion of the emergency and respiratory departments.
Our work has been recognised by the Minister of Health in Gaza who said, 'We would like to thank Muslim Hands staff and donors for their efforts in the development of Al-Durrah hospital which will have a positive impact on the patients and doctors alike'.
However, due to the conflict in the summer of 2014 and the continuing Israeli blockade , much of the work carried out by our brave Winter Walkers has either been severely damaged or destroyed.
Despite the best efforts of health workers, the healthcare system in Gaza cannot cope with the hundreds of thousands of children who are suffering from the mental and physical after-effects of wartime experiences.
The 2014 conflict saw over 2,200 people killed, nearly 500 of which were innocent children, and 20,000 homes were destroyed leaving 500,000 Gazans displaced. The onslaught has left long-term detrimental effects on Palestinian children who survived weeks of airstrikes and naval and tank shelling.
Many of them watched as family members were killed and homes, schools, and mosques bombarded. Some of them suffered life-altering injuries.
Too many of Gaza's children have lost their mothers, fathers and close family members, Young Gazans are suffering from unprecedented levels of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression and need immediate psycho-social care.
The support that you will provide to these children will be crucial in helping to heal them.
So what are you waiting for? Let's wrap up in our warmest clothes and brave the winter cold for the Children of Gaza!
Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.