WAUK Newsletter 19/06/2017

1. Ramadan Fresh Food Parcels - Emergency Food Production and Distribution Supporting Marginalised Farmers and Vulnerable Local Families – Gaza

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Mohammed. Each day, before dawn, Muslims observe a pre-fast meal called the suhoor. At sunset, families hasten for the fast-breaking meal known as iftar. Suhoor should be a hearty, healthy meal to provide the energy needed throughout a day of fasting. Both meals traditionally contain a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables and sometimes fresh meat.

For Palestinian families in Gaza, the high level of unemployment, associated with lower purchasing power, has meant they are unable to secure their basic food needs. Latest estimates indicate that 43% of the population is unemployed, 80% live below the poverty line, 60% are food insecure (around 1.3 million people) and four in five are dependent on aid.

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However, this project offers something more than simple food hand-outs.  As well as distributing five parcels (one per week for 5 weeks) to 980 families, the farm fresh produce in the food parcels is being sourced from local farmers with land ownership of less than 3,000 sq. meters, who are struggling to make ends meet. In The project will work with at least 130 farmers, 25% of whom are expected to be women, by buying their produce they can then re-invest this income back into their farms.

 The content of the fresh food parcels in the first two weeks was:

Food Item

Week 1 (Quantity in kg)

Week 2 (Quantity in kg)

Tomato

3

3

Cucumber

2

2

Potato

3

3

Onion

2

3

Green pepper

1

1

Molokheya/mallow

3

-

Courgette

2

2

Aubergine

2

2

Lemon

2

-

Apricot

-

1.5

Chicken

2 chickens, average 2.4kg

2 chickens, average 2.4kg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Addressing the Needs of Palestinian Children with Disabilities in Refugee Camps, North and South Lebanon.

This project began in October 2016 and is working to improve the health, mobility and inclusion of at least 700 Palestinian children with disabilities in Nahr el-Bared and Beddawi Refugee Camps, near Tripoli in north Lebanon and El Buss Refugee Camp near Tyre in south Lebanon.

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At least a third of Palestinian children with disabilities are not enrolled in school, with the inevitable consequence that a high proportion are illiterate. This project is providing rehabilitation services to children with disabilities to improve their co-ordination and mobility, and also to train their parents / caregivers in their daily exercise routines so these may continue when the project ends.

In the first five months of the project, a total of 551 children with disabilities have been assessed and individual treatment plans have been devised including their care and exercise routines. There have been 532 individual psychological therapy sessions provided by a psychologist, and:

  • 212 children with disabilities were newly identified to local partners and included in this project.
  •  78 children have been enrolled into special education classes,
  •  68 children have been referred to other centres, and,
  •  42 children received assistive devices.

There has been much enthusiasm for the newly formed family support groups, and the support sessions for teachers and school administrators.

The refurbishment of the Community Based Rehabilitation Centre building in Nahr El Bared camp finished on 24th March 2017. The re-equipping of the centre is currently underway, with new IT equipment, photocopying machine, furniture and educational resources being provided.

 

3. Educational Support for Students at Dar Al Tifl Secondary School – East Jerusalem

Dar Al Tifl Secondary School is one of the best-known and most outstanding schools in Jerusalem. 1,020 female students, including 81 orphaned students attend. The school has a zero drop-out rate and 100% of pupils complete their high school exams, with 40 percent obtaining averages of 90%! This compares with an average for the area of 26% school dropout rate. 

There is no central funding provided by the Israeli government.

 The burden of the school’s expenses therefore depends on its ability to fundraise and gain support from donors as well as from parents able to pay for full tuition. With many Palestinian families in Jerusalem facing high rates of unemployment and poverty, they would not register their children at the school given the cost. 

Dar El Tifl.jpg Over 75% of Palestinians living in Jerusalem live below the poverty line. This project is aiming to support marginalised and orphaned girls by covering some of the basic costs so they can attend this school and gain a great education. Since October 2016, this project has funded the registration fees for 24 students for this academic year (2016/2017). 50 students have been provided with school uniforms and sports kit. In addition, 50 girls have been provided with school bags, books and stationery. An important aspect of the project is to enable these students to participate in school trips, which they would usually have to pay for (and would therefore miss out on). Some of the trips so far include visits to: Nablus University, a number of Palestinian villages, the Science Museum at Al Quds University and a Palestinian farm to pick olives.