From the TUC

TUC Aid Appeal for Gaza’s plant nursery

13 Jan 2015, By

Before last year’s conflict, our charity arm TUC Aid had supported a project in Gaza at the Beit Lahia Plant Nursery. The idea behind the initiative was to help local people grow fresh food – both to enhance the diet of people in Gaza – which has been badly affected by the long Israeli blockade – but also to provide another much needed source of income for hard pressed workers.

In realising this project the TUC worked with the local MA’AN Development Center and the Australian trade union project, Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA). At the end of 2012 ,Luay Alwuhaidi of MA’AN gave the following assessment of the project.

‘This nursery will be a fantastic help to the people of Gaza. We will be able to support hundreds of households run by women with fruit trees, vegetable seedlings or seasonal crop seeds. Unemployment, especially of rural farmers, is a key problem in Gaza. We will be helping farmers return back to their land and replant it”.

The Israeli military offensive however led to disruption of the irrigation of these crops, which withered and died in large numbers. The office of MA’AN in Gaza was flattened.

In order to reverse the damage done, TUC Aid hopes to raise £15,000. If you want to read more about the project and make a donation please visit our appeal page or donate online.

The people of Gaza need your help as much as ever.