Like the more than 24,000 families in Gaza who are living in severely deteriorated shelters, the family were living in a house made of metal sheeting and sleeping in one room without locks. They had to use an outdoor kitchen and bathroom. Due to the poor housing conditions, Ismail was very concerned about the safety of his wife and daughters, and the house was inaccessible to him as he relies on his wheelchair to move around.
“I felt embarrassed about people visiting my house. Now, our home is safer and more private [and] we receive guests without shame.”
“I had no kitchen to prepare food, and my daughters were always dirty from sleeping on the ground. Now, I feel very comfortable.”
CRS’ e-voucher card allows people in Gaza to purchase food, hygiene and living supplies in times of crisis.
The e-voucher program gives households the opportunity to purchase items from nearby stores approved by CRS and enables them to choose the items that best meet their needs.
The Shelter Upgrade project with Catholic Relief Services supports vulnerable families living in substandard housing and makes permanent upgrades to improve their living conditions.
The Gaza Emergency Appeal for Food and Non-Food E-Voucher program supplies vulnerable households with a debit-like card that is replenished at the beginning of each month.