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Why World Vision is in Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
Instability continues to threaten the security of this region, leaving vulnerable children and families at risk. Employment and economic opportunities pose a constant challenge but through empowering children and families we’re increasing stability. To address the root causes of childhood vulnerability, we’re ensuring children know about programs and services to help them in cases of abuse, violence, or neglect. Programs treating malnutrition and illnesses are boosting kids’ health to increase their well-being. We’re also strengthening vulnerable communities for emergency preparedness. Working with families, local organizations, and governments, we’re inspiring kids to care about and participate in decision-making that affects their rights. Together we’re training them to be community leaders and advocates. Supporting schools in the most marginalized areas and keeping parents involved in their children’s education helps communities thrive amid insecurity. An important interfaith training program showed local imams the ways that child protection rights align with Muslim law, building their capacity to care for their communities. Also, your support is helping adults find employment to maximize food security and income for vulnerable families.
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 a collaboration with local officials in JWG, areas were designated so children could have a safe place to play within their communities.
- Through a collaboration with teachers and school staff in JWG, children are being taught leadership and life skills by implementing a student parliament in schools, which gives them opportunities to become agents of change in their communities. Afterwards, students advocated with decision makers outside of their schools on issues concerning healthy eating habits, bullying and physical violence at schools, gender, domestic violence, child labor, and early marriage.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Together with the ministries of education and health, school children in JWG participated in school-based health clubs learned about nutritious foods, good hygiene and sanitation practices, and the importance of physical activity. Club members developed plans for their clubs and organized school activities to educate their peers on these topics.
- Through a collaboration with partners in JWG, community health workers were trained to provide support to pregnant women and mothers of children under two. Through the Timed and Targeted Counseling approach, they better learned how to care for their infants and toddlers when they are sick. They also learned how to prevent common illnesses such as diarrhea and respiratory infections.
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.
- Through a collaboration with local education officials in JWG, teachers and school staff were trained to improve literacy, reading comprehension and writing skills through the Active Learning Classroom approach.
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:
Courage, patience, and strength for staff to continue their work in this challenging area.
Peace and serenity for all the children in this area.
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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