Analysis on Child Protection Situation in the West Bank on the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 2020
Children in Palestine face various protection risks in general, but during COVID-19 pandemic, some of the risks have increased. In its attempt to reduce this issue, World Vision Jerusalem West Bank – Gaza has acted quickly on more than one level.
World Vision JWG signing an agreement with SOS Children’s Villages International
World Vision Jerusalem – West Bank – Gaza (JWG) signed a partnership agreement with the SOS Children’s Villages International, under the SOS’s programs “Family Strengthening Program” and “Family Care Program”, which provide children all over the world, who are growing up without the care, protection and guidance they need, with alternative care when needed, support on their path to independence, and advocacy for their rights.
Unified Student Parliament Continues Its Activities During COVID-19
Complementing its ongoing training in building the capacities of the Unified Student Parliament (USP) members, World Vision Jerusalem – West Bank – Gaza (JWG), in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, implemented several trainings for members of the USP, including four trainings held online during the spread of #COVID19.
IMPACT Clubs Sustain Action During COVID-19 Emergency
IMPACT clubs of World Vision Jerusalem – West Bank – Gaza (JWG) provide a platform for adolescents to improve their goal orientation and efficiency towards community activism. The clubs encourage adolescent boys and girls to conduct initiatives that benefit their peers and others, and promote child rights and protection in their villages.
The Enhanced Timed and Targeted Counseling for mothers and babies nurture care shows effective results
Since 2010, World Vision Jerusalem – West Bank – Gaza (JWG) has collaborated with the PA Ministry of Health (MoH) to train female community health workers (CHWs) to deliver awareness sessions on health and nutrition to pregnant and postpartum women (PW) through scheduled home visits for the first 1000 days of their baby’s life. This community-based approach is known as Timed and Targeted Counseling (ttC).
Renewable Energy Solutions; Innovative Social Responsibility Approach
World Vision intervention helped the municipality fulfill its promise to support schools that receive little public aid. This intervention also helped reduce power outage in the areas that is home for over 60,000 people living in 18 communities.
World Vision JWG has one of the largest community-based presence of any organisation operating in the West Bank. We work through 12 locations or area programmes (AP) in the West Bank, which directly support over 41,000 children participating in sponsorship programmes. The APs are located in Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus, Salfit, Tubas, Ramallah and Jenin, and are served by 78 dedicated female and male staff. The operation covers 149 communities with a total annual budget of $8.8 million USD. Private funding gives us stability and enables us to build long-term relationships with families, communities, schools, municipalities, village councils, the Palestinian Authority, faith communities and other civil society actors.
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Our global campaign is part of a broad movement to end violence against children. We are ambitiously working to change the policies, attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate the suffering of 1.7 billion children each year. It takes a world was born at a moment when those children were subjected to violence, and the global impact of violence equated to 12.4% of the world’s economic activity.
The campaign continues to grow in an ever-shifting landscape: More than half of all refugees are children; 2 billion people now live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence; social movements are increasingly “people powered” and based in digital spaces; millennials tend to be motivated by causes and values, comprise 1/4 of the global population and have potential to change the world.
Early Marriage in Palestine
In Palestine, the most recent, statistically sound, and representative data on child marriage is from the 2014 Palestinian Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in partnership with the UNICEF and UNFPA, which found that 15% of girls between 20 and 24 are married before the age of 18 and 1% are married before the age of 15 (PCBS, 2015). However this data can be misleading as some areas in Palestine have higher rates of child marriage such as Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Area C (UNFPA, 2016 & UNFPA, 2017). The MICS survey also found that there are higher rates of early marriage in urban and camp areas rather than rural areas which in inconsistent with global child marriage trends (PCBS, 2015). This could be due to the inability to account for unregistered and informal marriages.
The Well-being of Children is our Priority
Early Childhood Development Program
Early Childhood Development Program targets mothers during the first 1,000 days of their child’s life, which is a crucial period of growth and development. The model supports parents, who are first teachers of their infants, with individual home-based support and group sessions for improved parenting skills, family well-being and holistic child development.
Education in Emergencies Program (EiE)
World Vision implements EiE programming in humanitarian contexts, mainly Area ‘C’. Programming includes measures to mitigate security and protection issues, provide school-based psychosocial support, provide training in disaster risk reduction and psychological first aid, address infrastructure issues and meet environmental needs based on the need of each community.
World Vision JWG implements programmes to strengthen the resilience of youth by building their life skills and skills for employment. These programs include ‘Innovation, Motivation, Participation. Action, Community Teams’ (IMPACT) Clubs and Technical & Vocational Education & Training (TVET).
Child Sponsorship inspires communities, locally and globally, to consider the well-being of children, through life-enriching experiences with children and supporters, and their families and communities.
Child Protection & Advocacy Program
The goal of the Child Protection and Advocacy Project (CP&A) is to strengthen the protective environment for children, especially the most vulnerable. CP&A focuses on strengthening collaboration between the formal and informal actors, while building their capacity to address the root causes of violence against children.