Palestine

In the Gaza Strip, we protect children from the worst forms of child labour and help them attend school or receive training. Our local experts work to ensure the justice system takes into account children's rights and integrates international standards on justice for minors.

The situation in Palestine

Palestinians live in very precarious conditions as a result of recurring conflict, the fragmentation of the West Bank and the blockade of the Gaza strip. Frequent military operations destroy or severely damage a high number of homes and public infrastructures including schools. The precarious situation forces many children to work to support their families.

What we do

Fighting against exploitation

In the Beit Lahia child protection centre, in the northern Gaza Strip, our social workers raise awareness about the dangers of child labour and the importance of education among children, parents and community members. They also provide support to the most vulnerable families to ensure that children can go to school or receive training. Young victims of exploitation receive psychological and social assistance. Over 1200 children and parents benefitted from these projects in 2015.

Juvenile justice

We defend children's rights at all levels of the justice system in the governorates of Hebron, Bethlehem and Gaza. Our local juvenile justice experts provide legal assistance to young people in conflict with the law, improve awareness of children's rights, and coordinate those involved in juvenile justice, including unofficial players such as customary judges. In 2015, these activities helped more than 1300 children and their parents.

Water and hygiene

Over 90% of the water available to the population in Gaza is not fit to drink. The destruction of sanitary facilities, especially in schools, is a major health risk for children. Last year, over 16,000 children received hygiene kits, participated in activities promoting good hygiene practices and benefited from access to drinking water.
 

Standing alongside the children victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for nearly half a century

At only 13 years of age, Mahmoud worked before and after school to help his brothers and sisters. He had no time to study or play with friends. Tdh's Future Hope Centre is now giving him the support he needs to succeed at school.

Mahmoud, a Tdh beneficiary in the Gaza Strip

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Terre des hommes in Palestine

Beneficiaries in 2015

24,052 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

1 / 14

2016 Budget

CHF 644,393

Programme locations

Jerusalem, Hebron, Gaza

Local partners

Palestinian Center For Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), Beit Lahia Development Association (BLDA), Shoruq Organisation

 

Where we work

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Timeline

1973
Tdh launches a project to fight child malnutrition in the West Bank.
1996
A centre is opened in the Gaza Strip.
2002
A mother and child health project is launched in the Jenin district.
2003
A psychological and social support project is launched in Jenin and Hebron.
2012
A juvenile justice project is launched.
2014
Immediately after the war, Tdh distributes emergency kits to families in Gaza.
2015
Following the latest war, Tdh rebuilds 29 schools that were destroyed.

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Job vacancies

  • 1 August 2017 - Permanent contract - Based in Jerusalem with frequent movements within Tdh activities areas

    Deputy Country Representative

    As a representative of the Foundation, the Deputy Country Representative leads, coordinates and manages all the activities related to any Terre des hommes' project being carried out in the country. ...

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Related publications

Making an Impact for Children: Annual Report 2016
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice
Thematic Policy - Child Protection in Humanitarian Crises

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