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How do you prioritize necessities of life in the Middle East

Thank you for taking the poll. It’s no easy task figuring out where and how limited resources will be spent in the face of overwhelming need and there is no “right” answer. When it comes to helping children and families in the Middle East, everything connects to everything else and a holistic response that tackles each of these issues is often needed.

Jobs - In Gaza, the entire industrial zone has been destroyed, farmers are not allowed to export their crops and construction is nearly impossible because no supplies are allowed to enter. There is a major lack of jobs and more than half the population lives in poverty.
  • 100%
    3%
     
  • 75%
    4%
     
  • 66%
    3%
     
  • 50%
    17%
     
  • 33%
    35%
     
  • 25%
    32%
     
  • 0%
    3%
     
4587 responses
Education – Half of the four and five year old children living in the West Bank and Gaza don’t have a safe or affordable school to go to.
  • 100%
    4%
     
  • 75%
    3%
     
  • 66%
    2%
     
  • 50%
    12%
     
  • 33%
    36%
     
  • 25%
    36%
     
  • 0%
    3%
     
4587 responses
Health – Doctors and clinics throughout the refugee camps of Lebanon and in the West Bank and Gaza face ongoing shortages of basic life saving medications and medical supplies.
  • 100%
    6%
     
  • 75%
    3%
     
  • 66%
    3%
     
  • 50%
    26%
     
  • 33%
    34%
     
  • 25%
    23%
     
  • 0%
    1%
     
4587 responses
Below are examples of programs from Care2 partner, ANERA. As the director of your own aid agency, which of them would you support? (Click all that apply.)
  • Throughout the summer of 2009, ANERA was rehabilitating preschools with materials found on the local market and in some cases recycled from the demolished homes of families living in Gaza. Fifty more preschools are planned for rehabilitation.
    64%
     
  • Micro-enterprise does well in difficult economic conditions, because it provides alternatives to more expensive products. These small businesses generate income for the borrowers' families which in turn stimulates the local economy.
    77%
     
  • In Gaza, an alarming number of children are suffering from malnutrition, anemia, micro-nutrient and vitamin A deficiencies. ANERA’s Milk for Preschoolers program provides fortified milk and biscuits to more than 25,000 students every school day. Not only does the program supply nutrients for healthy young bodies, but it also provides jobs for bakery workers.
    77%
     
  • Delivery of donated medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, and hygiene kits to hospitals and clinics throughout the Middle East is essential to the health of the overall population.
    88%
     
  • ANERA’s Scholarship Program helps children in poverty or with special needs. Just $240 a year covers costs such as books, school supplies, teacher and staff salaries, clothing, basic medical care, and room and board.
    76%
     
  • Employment opportunities are scarce due to movement restrictions, closures, and checkpoint delays. By working over the internet, IT graduates transcend these restrictions and can earn needed income.
    49%
     
4587 responses