Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza

Why World Vision is in Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza


In 2019, a medical supply shortage in Gaza caused a record number of people to apply to pass through Erez—the primary crossing point into Israel—for healthcare. Half of these applicants were under 18 or over 60, and only 58% were approved. People who live in the fragile contexts of the Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza area were made even more vulnerable by the effects of the pandemic, with economic and school closures. The healthcare infrastructure of these areas isn’t strong, and ongoing conflict means people struggle to make a living and feed their families even when there’s no pandemic to exacerbate tough conditions. A general lack of systems like kindergartens and child protection procedures in schools means kids are too often left without the resources they need to grow and thrive. With strong partnerships, in the first half of 2020 over 106,000 children and 600 institutions like churches were supported with pandemic-related resources and supplies. We helped open new kindergartens, train teachers in early childhood development, and boost schools’ infrastructure. New projects helped create school safety plans and elevate schools’ abilities to protect children from violence. Thanks to work with the government to strengthen social workers’ jobs, over 1.4 million vulnerable children could benefit from child protection follow-ups during the pandemic.

Progress in Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children were equipped to be their own advocates and several of them took opportunities to speak out against harm or advocate for improved safety in their communities.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • About 100 families were given hygiene kits to keep them safe from COVID-19.
  • World Vision helped educate communities on COVID-19 and how to protect against it.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Early education became a bigger priority in many households. More children aged 3-6 were sent to preschool and parents attended trainings on how to support their youngest children's learning at home.
  • Teachers received training and had regular opportunities to interact with and learn from their peers in early education training sessions hosted by World Vision.

Prayer Requests from Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza

World Vision's staff in Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • For the people we serve who live in unstable situations and constantly struggle to survive and feed their families, as the pandemic made them even more vulnerable when it disrupted the economy and normal routines.

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  • As we begin new area programs this year in the Jordan Valley, the poorest region of the West Bank and the area that often experiences the most conflict, please pray for wisdom and discernment while we develop new community relationships and register children in the programs.

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News from Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza