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Why World Vision is in Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
Unrest and instability at the Gaza borders are ongoing, and tensions in the region remain constant. In general 2018 was a stable year for the areas where we operate programs. With the generosity of our donors and partners, we’ve been leading activities that encourage stability and reduce vulnerability for children and families in this region. Some young adults graduated from vocational trainings, and about 80 percent of those who took classes through our programs in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor found employment. Staff and sponsored kids ran the Right to Movement marathon in the West Bank, a movement highlighting the lack of travel freedom caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this area. As a result of three years of work, we ran an event simulating the way government works for adolescents. During the event, over a hundred student “parliaments” were created so kids could learn about a culture of democracy, practice their leadership skills, and have a chance to exercise their rights. This project was established with government partnerships, so when the young adults created initiatives that they thought were important, they presented their recommendations to government workers who listened and took their work seriously. In more activities to lessen vulnerability, we celebrated Child Day on April 5 to commemorate children’s rights and affirm kids’ value in God’s eyes.
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.
- Through leadership trainings, students were empowered to advocate for their rights and voice their concerns in the community.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Through training and counseling, mothers are receiving vital information about the benefits of breastfeeding so that they are empowered to provide the best possible care for their babies.
- Children are empowered to care for their health through trainings on healthy hygiene, nutrition and exercise habits.
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.
- Tutoring services for children and trainings on improved teaching methods for teachers helped to reduce drop-out rates.
- Tutoring played a key role in children's academic success. Children who received tutoring services in communities with World Vision programming improved their academic scores.
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:
Our staff and their efforts in our area programs, as they live in difficult and fragile places.
Our leadership to serve the most vulnerable with God’s love.
News from Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
Thousands of families are fleeing war and violence in Syria in hope of finding peace. Check out this interactive Google map of the refugee journey.
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