Following the two-day visit, TİKA distributed nearly 300 sheep to 60 families from the Gaza Strip as part of the “Support for Animal Husbandry” campaign, which has been established to help Gazan villages develop livestock breeding projects.
Expressing his satisfaction at being in Gaza, TİKA Chairman Serdar Çam said the agency is very happy to be able to provide economic support to the people of the region. Five sheep were distributed to each poor family in the Gaza Strip.
"God willing, the step that we took forward will be the start of our Palestinian brothers being able to stand on their own two feet through animal husbandry, which will help them boost their agricultural activities,” said Çam, praising the extraordinary efforts of the families in Gaza despite all the suffering they have been through. “Our Palestinian brothers, to whom we are offering our contribution not only materially but also spiritually, have a special place in the hearts of Turks.”
The TİKA delegation later visited the Islamic University of Gaza. Çam held a joint press conference with officials at the university, where he said Turkey, a country that already has experience in dealing with crises, is now sharing its expertise with its neighbors. He added that Turkey is supporting universities not only in Gaza but across the region.
Çam said Turks will help and support Gaza in every respect.
Jamal Naji El-Khodary, director of the Board of Trustees, sent his gratitude to the Turkish people -- particularly Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- for TİKA's contributions.
Kamalain Sha'ath, president of the university, said the steps taken by Turkey had found a place in the hearts of the Palestinian people and were highly appreciated by the Palestinians. “As a university, we would like to offer the best services to our people. And we will succeed through the contributions of TİKA and support from countries like Turkey," he said.