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Details of a community sponsorship scheme working in Pembrokeshire- Llangors County Councillor Sian Cox drew this to our attention in March 2024

The process they follow is entirely legal, and uses a coordinator on the ground, who links between officials in Gaza who administer the process and people outside Gaza who provide the money to pay the coordinators to do it.

The coordinator my friends’ group uses is a local travel agency, Hala Travel Company.  The process requires an immediate family member to attend the Hala office in Egypt and either pay the fee up front or demonstrate that they have the funds to pay the fee following their family member/s’ arrival in Egypt. The family member is given a ticket number, and contacted when their family member in Gaza’s turn to be removed has come.

My friends’ group focuses on women and children and to date has rescued two mothers, three children and one father. The families, and their family members in Egypt, whom they join following escape, are people my friends have links with through their own networks.

It costs £4,000 per adult.  The group is working to find an organisation on the ground in Egypt who would partner with them to develop a more cost-effective long-term solution. In the meantime, they’re doing it this way because it’s the only way available.

My friends conduct meetings by video call with the families following their safe arrival at the homes of their families in Egypt. People who donate are invited to join the calls, to meet the families they’ve helped to rescue.  My friends are also happy to facilitate donors staying in touch with families; and are happy to keep in touch with donors themselves.

If you would like to donate, no money is taken from you until the full fee for the next family is pledged.  The process is that you contact the group by email to pledge the amount you wish to donate. Once the money is required, the group will contact you to ask you to transfer your donation. (However, should you prefer to, you are welcome simply to donate up front, by transferring your donation into the bank account the group is using. If you do that, please send the group an email letting them know you’ve done this, and the amount you transferred. They would like to keep track of donations and also to thank you and invite you to the video calls.)

The group’s email address is: [email protected]

The bank account details are below: Cilgwyn Community Group – Treasurers’ Account  Lloyds Bank

Sort code: 30-71-89   Acc no: 23378268  Use the ‘Friends and Family’ option if prompted.

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