Community Development

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Community Development

The community development program work to combat hunger (SDG 2), provide quality education(SDG 4), improve health and well-being (SDG 3), utilize renewable energy (SDG 7), and provide clean water (SDG 6) for Palestinians in all of Taawon’s areas of operations. By building resilience at the grassroots level and providing for the basic needs of the Palestinians in various communities, our interventions lay the foundation for individuals to lead dignifies daily lives that work for a more equitable and just future.

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. Therefore, 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 well-being: 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.

 

2016 Achievements

Promoting Health and Well-being

  •  Produced and distributed 78 wheelchairs in the West Bank towns of Salfit, Nablus, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Jenin, Tubas, And Hebron.
  •  Provided more than 320 wheelchairs, canes, and artificial limbs to the disabled in the Gaza Strip.
  •  Provide hearing and sight examination for more than 5,000 children in the Gaza Strip.
  •  Implemented 6651 remedial education sessions for 260 students with Down’s syndrome to improve their inclusion in the community, in the Gaza Strip.
  •  Implemented more than 35,000 sessions of physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, and audiology therapy in the Gaza Strip.
  •  Established and equipped 6 psychological units in schools in the Gaza Strip.
  •  Opened a new center for kidney dialysis to continue providing services for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Agriculture and Food Security 

  •  Established 18 chicken farms and 7 egg farms in Wadi Gaza.
  •  Reclaimed 528 dunums of farmland from land laid unplanted after the 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip.
  •  Extended 8,500 meters of irrigation pipelines in the Gaza Strip.
  •  Empowered 209 small-scale farmers by distributing their crops to poor families during Ramadan through the “From Poor Farmers to Poor Families” project.

Developing Civil Society, Community Services, and Infrastructure

  •  Finished construction of water reservoir at Birzeit University, benefiting 10,000 students.
  •  Improved basic infrastructure of Wadi Gaza village by providing 3 landfill machines, adding 6.5km of sewerage network, widening streets, and completing a health care center.
  •  Completed 27 children’s playground (Bayyaras), and installed solar power in 2 public parks in Gaza, thus securing a renewable source of energy to ensure a safe and enjoyable space for children to  play.      

Humanitarian Aid 

  •  Provided psychological support for nearly 100 children and their families in the most heavily affected areas of the conflict in Jerusalem.
  •  Distributed 12,000 baskets of fresh vegetables, meat, and eggs to 4,000 families in the Gaza Strip during Ramadan.
  •  Renovated 1,477 homes, rebuilt 77 homes, as well as rehabilitated 42 educational and health centers in the Gaza Strip.

 

 

 

Testimonies

  “I can’t afford treatment in private hospitals so this service is my last resort. I come 3 days a week. Every treatment session lasts between 4 to 5 hours. Myself, and patients like me, face many problems. The unit provided a radical solution for Palestinian patients in Lebanon.”   Kidney dialysis center in al Hamshari hospital in Saida, Southern Lebanon offers free treatment to around 80 Palestinian patients. Mohammed Al Mahmoud, Kidney dialysis Patient- Lebanon
Treatment in private hospitals
“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 well-being 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

Sufficient community services and infrastructure: Mujtamma’

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:

  • Conducting community awareness sessions;
  • Training legal experts;
  • Offering legal services and advice; and
  • Documenting and publishing information about violations of Palestinians’ human rights.

 

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 the Gaza Strip, where food insecurity levels reached as high as 57%. Hasaad was established to ensure food security in Palestine by:

Promoting health and wellbeing: Shams

The construction of the separation wall has had a 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 a 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 the Gaza Strip, where food insecurity levels reached as high as 57%. Hasaad 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:

  • Conducting community awareness sessions;
  • Training legal experts;
  • Offering legal services and advice; and
  • Documenting and publishing information about violations of Palestinians’ human rights.

 

Sufficient community services and infrastructure: Mujtamma’

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 well-being 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.

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