Community Development

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Community Development

A severe economic crisis continues to undermine development prospects in Palestine. Imposed movement restrictions also disrupt and erode the base of economic activities and everyday lives of Palestinians.

Within this context, civil society organizations continue to play a critical role in sustaining and enhancing the livelihoods of Palestinians.
The Community Development Program partners with civil society organizations to ensure:

  • Health and wellbeing: Shams.
  •  Food security: Hasaad.
  • Sufficient community services and infrastructure: Mujtamma’.
  • A vibrant civil society: Asaas and Ta’athir.
  • Dignified living in times of emergencies and crises: Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Interventions.

Testimonies

“Don’t give a man a fish, teach him how to fish. I think it is very important that development organizations start implementing this philosophy because no one wants to be dependent on others. The Welfare Association has given me this opportunity and is the first to do so in Wadi Gaza.”  
Abu Eissa, Wadi Gaza Comprehensive Development stakeholder, an initiative of Mujtamma
“I finally secured a residency permit  for my husband.  Ta’thir supported me in every step along the way. I would not have been able to live  with my husband in the same place had it not been for Ta’thir’s legal advice and support.” 
Maram, Jerusalem
“Seeing the green house actually constructed has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and it has finally been realized… I never imagined the level of income I would generate from this project. I now earn 1,000 USD a month each season, adding up to 3,000 USD.” 
Intissar, Gaza

Components

Social Tourism Program

Palestine is a rich country in its cultural, religious and ancestral history. This makes tourism a vital and important sector in Palestine, with potential to catapult its economy. Taawon recognizes the importance of this sector, and is currently implementing the Social Tourism Program to provide economic aid, create new job opportunities and create sustainable for-profit companies with a positive social impact.

Al-Bayyara Project

Childhood is a fundamental stage that defines the future transition of children into adulthood. As such, children should be provided with the needed care and education to enhance their mental, psychological and social development. Much of this knowledge development is gained through play.

Emergency and Humanitarian Assistance

Palestinians live in a state of emergency where wellbeing and survival are continuously at risk. In recent years, the access of humanitarian organizations has deteriorated as a result of the proliferation of checkpoints, closures and increasingly restrictive procedures. WA, on the other hand, is uniquely placed to coordinate with local and international humanitarian organizations, and mobilize rapidly and effectively, especially when Palestinians are under attack.

Community Services and Infrastructure

The aggression of the occupation often leaves entire communities destructed and without access to basic infrastructure. In parallel, and in light of the scarce resources available, many communities lack the open public spaces necessary for strengthening social ties and  fostering the sense of community. 
The Community Services and Infrastructure component addresses these needs through two initiatives:

Human Rights and Advocacy: Ta’thir

Ta’thir raises citizens’ awareness around their rights and encourages civic engagement. Ta’thir’s activities include:

NGO Capacity Development: Asaas

Civil society organizations offer a platform for citizen engagement and protecting citizens’ basic rights. In the case of Palestine, civil society organizations also play an integral role in ensuring Palestinians’ access to basic services as well as supporting Palestine’s sustainable development journey.

Asaas enhances the technical capability of Palestinian NGOs, enabling them to effectively contribute to Palestine’s sustainable development through:

Ensuring Food Security: Hasaad

While the agriculture sector has historically played a significant role in Palestine’s economy and culture, the occupation has put the sector at risk making it difficult and almost impossible to allow for agricultural growth.  As a result, food security is a constant concern across Palestine, and especially in Gaza where food insecurity levels reached a high of 57%.
Hassad was established to ensure food security in Palestine by:

Promoting health and wellbeing: Shams

The construction of the separation wall has had tremendous impact on every aspect of daily life in Palestine. In addition to impeding trade and mobility, the wall complicates the delivery of the most basic of human rights, which is access to healthcare.

The occupation has also led to glaring rates of disability. In 2011, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics estimated that 6.9% of Palestine’s population suffer from at least one form of disability. However, the disability rate in Gaza alone rose to 12.5% in 2014.

Program's Components

The construction of the separation wall has had tremendous impact on every aspect of daily life in Palestine. In addition to impeding trade and mobility, the wall complicates the delivery of the most basic of human rights, which is access to healthcare.

The occupation has also led to glaring rates of disability. In 2011, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics estimated that 6.9% of Palestine’s population suffer from at least one form of disability. However, the disability rate in Gaza alone rose to 12.5% in 2014.

While the agriculture sector has historically played a significant role in Palestine’s economy and culture, the occupation has put the sector at risk making it difficult and almost impossible to allow for agricultural growth.  As a result, food security is a constant concern across Palestine, and especially in Gaza where food insecurity levels reached a high of 57%.
Hassad was established to ensure food security in Palestine by:

Civil society organizations offer a platform for citizen engagement and protecting citizens’ basic rights. In the case of Palestine, civil society organizations also play an integral role in ensuring Palestinians’ access to basic services as well as supporting Palestine’s sustainable development journey.

Asaas enhances the technical capability of Palestinian NGOs, enabling them to effectively contribute to Palestine’s sustainable development through:

Ta’thir raises citizens’ awareness around their rights and encourages civic engagement. Ta’thir’s activities include:

The aggression of the occupation often leaves entire communities destructed and without access to basic infrastructure. In parallel, and in light of the scarce resources available, many communities lack the open public spaces necessary for strengthening social ties and  fostering the sense of community. 
The Community Services and Infrastructure component addresses these needs through two initiatives:

Palestinians live in a state of emergency where wellbeing and survival are continuously at risk. In recent years, the access of humanitarian organizations has deteriorated as a result of the proliferation of checkpoints, closures and increasingly restrictive procedures. WA, on the other hand, is uniquely placed to coordinate with local and international humanitarian organizations, and mobilize rapidly and effectively, especially when Palestinians are under attack.

Childhood is a fundamental stage that defines the future transition of children into adulthood. As such, children should be provided with the needed care and education to enhance their mental, psychological and social development. Much of this knowledge development is gained through play.

Palestine is a rich country in its cultural, religious and ancestral history. This makes tourism a vital and important sector in Palestine, with potential to catapult its economy. Taawon recognizes the importance of this sector, and is currently implementing the Social Tourism Program to provide economic aid, create new job opportunities and create sustainable for-profit companies with a positive social impact.

Success Stories

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