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Gigi and Bella Hadid Donate $1M to Palestinian Relief


Sat 01 Jun 2024 | 03:42 PM
Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid
Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid
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Born to a Palestinian father, supermodel siblings Bella and Gigi Hadid are joining forces for the support relief efforts of Palestine.

The supermodel sisters are collectively donating $1 million, a sum that has been earmarked for equal distribution to four organizations with a focus on children and families: HEAL Palestine, Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF), World Central Kitchen (WCK), and United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

The organizations support humanitarian aid like food and medical programs, assist displaced families, and provide psychological services amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. 

Conflict has been raging in the area following Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7.

HEAL Palestine — the acronym stands for health, education, aid and leadership to represent pillars of the organization’s programs — is a nonpolitical, nonprofit humanitarian group that works to “Provide every young Palestinian in Gaza a chance for a brighter future.”

PCRF, founded in 1991, provides free medical care to thousands of injured and ill children. Specifically, the organization’s “Gaza Relief and Recovery” campaign seeks to raise funds that will be allocated for “Immediate relief including providing essential medical supplies, food, medical treatment, clean water and other necessities for families affected by the conflict,”. 

PCRF’s work includes mounting two pediatric cancer departments in Palestine, a PICU and a pediatric cardiology department in Ramallah.

José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen is a front-line organization that provides chef-prepared meals to communities impacted by natural disasters and crises like war, conflicts and other tragedies. 

It has delivered north of 400 million meals. Operations have resumed in Gaza following an April 1 attack by Israeli Defense Forces that killed seven WCK staffers. 

WCK had established field kitchens in Rafah and Deir al-Balah through a network of Palestinian-led community kitchens across Gaza. 

Operations in Rafah have been suspended due to an Israeli air strike, the organization announced Tuesday.

UNRWA USA National Committee is an independent nonprofit that supports humanitarian assistance for Palestine refugees. Its goal is to “lift up the voices, experiences and humanity of Palestine refugees to secure American support for resources essential to every human being, for the promise of a better life.”

News of the donation comes days after Bella Hadid made a statement during her recent trip to Cannes, where she wore a Keffiyeh dress and explained its significance in an Instagram post, seen below. 

The sisters have shared sentiments about the conflict and its impact on Palestinians via social media. “I have deep empathy and heartbreak for the Palestinian struggle and life under occupation,” Gigi Hadid posted. “It’s a responsibility I hold daily.”