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Why World Vision is in Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
In September 2015, violence increased in Jerusalem West Bank Gaza and continued on an almost daily basis. Amidst the conflicts, families struggled to make a living and children did their best to continue their education. World Vision worked to help communities in crisis by providing recovery projects that generate food and income, such as agricultural cooperatives, savings groups, and small business opportunities. Schools were equipped with new science labs, computer resource centers, libraries, and sports facilities that boosted learning and provided children and youth with more opportunities for the future. To address mental health concerns for the thousands of orphaned and displaced children, safe spaces and summer camps were added. By empowering children to overcome trauma, we encouraged children’s hope and vision for the future.
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.
- 3,500 children joined a student council that helped raise awareness in their schools on child protection issues including school violence and absenteeism.
- Young people participated in vocational education and an internship program we created to help them gain skills and experience in the labor market for a successful future.
- We created a manual for school counselors, social workers, and teachers so they could teach children and youth about online risks to their safety and be better protected.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To improve maternal and child health, our community health workers provided counseling to 568 pregnant women on prenatal care and childhood health and nutrition.
- We formed Community Action Groups with representatives from the Ministry of Health and faith-based organizations. The groups worked together to identify health needs in their communities and identify solutions.
- 4,000 students were trained on handwashing, personal hygiene, and waste management improving community sanitation.
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.
- Language and math teachers participated in workshops we organized to help them update their teaching skills and improve education for primary students.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.
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:
Peace within this region. Pray the Lord works within the hearts of leaders to bring about peace and justice for all.
A healthy and safe environment for children, free from violence and fear, and that they may grow up to positively contribute to society.
News from Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
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