World Vision Jerusalem – West Bank – Gaza is responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Palestine
World Vision Jerusalem – West Bank – Gaza (WV JWG) has started distributing emergency protection supplies in response to coronavirus outbreak in Palestine. The supplies are being distributed at quarantine rooms in the Ministry of Health (MoH) in areas of the organization’s work.
Minas Kilani: A Sponsored Lawyer for Children’s Rights
“My twelve-year sponsorship experience with World Vision Jerusalem – West Bank – Gaza was a journey at which I transitioned from an average childhood to a successful leadership adulthood life,” says Minas Kilani.
Launching of the New Area Program in Tubas
يستهدف هذا البرنامج 4500 طفل من خلال مشاريع متعددة تلبي احتياجات الأطفال في الحصول على بيئة داعمة توفر لهم مستقبلًا أفضل، فقد أظهرت دراسة مسح الاحتياجات في المنطقة إلى وجود تحديات كبيرة تواجه الأطفال هناك، مثل نقص الخدمات الصحية، وصعوبة الوصول إلى المدارس، وعمالة الأطفال، وانتشار العنف ضد الأطفال، وعدم توفر أماكن آمنة لللعب، ونقص المدارس ورياض الأطفال.
This program targets 4,500 children through multiple projects that meet the needs of children to have a supportive environment that provides them with a better future. The survey of needs conducted by WV JWG in the region, showed that there are major challenges facing children there, such as the lack of health services, the lack of access to schools, child labor, violence against children, the lack of safe play areas, and the lack of schools and kindergartens.
Shining the Path for Other Women Like Me
Etidal, a Palestinian rural woman who worked her way from living in a conservative society to become the first female member of a male-dominated village council.
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.
Join our Campaign
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.