Orphan Support Programs
Taawon supports orphans in Gaza through two major programs Mustaqbali and Wajd.
Mustaqbali is a holistic program that was designed and launched by Abraaj Group and the Welfare Association to support 1,804 children orphaned during the assault on Gaza in 2008/2009. The program is designed to last 22 years, which is the time required for every orphaned child to transition into economic independence and adulthood.
Mustaqbali addresses the three vital elements of wellbeing:
- Physical and mental health.
- Career development and economic empowerment.
Since its launch in 2009, Mustaqbali’s has enabled:
- 591 children had enrolled at pre-school education.
- 1559 children had access to school education.
- Around 370 Youth had joined higher education studies.
- 115 orphans had graduated from the university.
- 110 orphans graduated with either an academic or vocational degree (40 of them are presently working). Furthermore, 18 mothers got job support (3 of them are still working).
- Around 90% of the 130 orphans who received vocational training, got apprenticeship opportunities through the program
- 82 startups were established (60% are operational) and have supported respective Mustaqbali families
- Around 150 children with different disabilities have been provided with required therapy, assistive devices. This number includes 10 orphans with mental and physical disabilities enrolling in special education so that they can integrate in the community.
- More than 1000 of the children who had suffered from different health problems received much needed health services such as checkups, treatment or underwent operations required to recover.
- Around 400 families (1500 orphans) had benefitted from psychosocial support.
In 2015, Taawon launched Wajd; a 22 year long program modeled after Mustaqbali to support 2,139 orphans of the 2014 assault on Gaza. The program was launched in cooperation with Qatar Development Fund the main program donor, and platinum support from Bank of Palestine and Haj Hashem Al Shawa Charity Fund.