Youngest Noble laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has pledged to donate a significant amount to the emergency funds for the rehabilitation of the children of Gaza and Palestine.
She will be donating a total of $150,000 to three different charities in the UK to help the devastated families and children of Gaza as they start the difficult process of rebuilding following the recent wave of escalation in violence with Israel.
Malala Yousafzai also released a message on social media regarding her donations to the different charities in the UK.
“Like many others around the world, I am devastated by the brutality and inhumanity against Palestinian children. They deserve to live in peace, to feel safe in their homes, to be educated, and to pursue their dreams – just like any other child. I hope these gifts will help them return to school and start the process of rebuilding their lives. I want Palestinian children to know that I stand with them and believe in their future.”
Her donation will help us provide lifesaving and life-changing support to vulnerable children.
— Save the Children UK (@savechildrenuk) May 27, 2021
“I pray for a lasting peace in the region and call on leaders to protect every child’s fundamental rights.”
Jason Lee, Save the Children’s Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territory, said:
“We are immensely grateful to Malala for her generous donation to the children of Gaza as they begin the process of healing and rebuilding after 11 days of airstrikes. A generation of children is on the brink of a mental health crisis. A recent study by Save the Children found that a high percentage of children in Gaza show symptoms of depression, hyperactivity, aggression, and a preference for being alone, which is consistent with deep psychological distress. This most recent escalation will only have made things worse.
“‘While we welcome the ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza, it isn’t enough as Palestinian children are still denied their fundamental rights. Children have told us they imagine a world where they have equal rights and live in peace and security. We owe it to future generations to do everything we can to make this a reality.”
Meanwhile, the education activist had received flak by social media users for not openly calling out Israel for its intense airstrikes on Gaza earlier this month. People urged her to use her influence to mitigate the violence.