10 years of Turkish aid in Palestine

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, TIKA, has carried out around 400 projects across Gaza, Jerusalem, and West Bank

10 years of Turkish aid in Palestine

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s state-run aid agency has been providing humanitarian assistance to Palestine for the last 10 years.

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has carried out 400 projects across Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank since 2005, when it launched an office in Palestine.

The projects focus on facilitating social development projects including infrastructure, health, education and the restoration of historical monuments in Palestine.

Palestine is among the top beneficiaries of TIKA, receiving 30 percent its total aid to the Middle East and African regions.

In the West Bank city of Bethlehem a solar energy system was provided to Palestinian families.

Requested by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the project helps nearly 350 people receive electricity.

It allows residents to operate water pumps and tanks at Abu Zaytun and provides water for around 500 people.

In 2015, fuel was sent to Gaza to relieve energy shortages resulting from infrastructure damage due to Israeli attacks.

An olive oil plant built by TIKA in 2016 furthers economic self-sufficiency for Palestinians.

The plant opened in Abasan al-Kabira, a small town thriving on agriculture in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. It will be run by the local municipality, and aims to improve olive oil processing in the region by a hub of olive growers in the southern Gaza Strip.

TIKA also initiated the Gaza Collective Housing Project for building 1,000 prefabricated houses to fulfill the need of housing in Gaza Strip, where almost 13 percent of all the houses were damaged.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Aralık 2017, 11:17