UN releases findings of major survey on internally displaced persons in the Gaza Strip: 75,000 still in need of homes
Jerusalem, 11 April 2016: Today, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) released the findings of an unprecedented profiling exercise of Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip as a result of the 2014 escalation of hostilities.
Multiple demolitions across Area C in the West Bank; 124 people displaced
8 April 2016: Khirbet Tana, 7 April 2016On 7 April, the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) carried out demolitions throughout the West Bank, including in five Bedouin communities affected by the E1 settlement plan, and in Khirbet Tana, which has been the location of multiple demolitions in 2016, most recently on 23 March. Demolitions also took place today in Az’ Za’ayem village (Jerusalem), Ni’lin (Ramallah), and Al Khader (Bethlehem), where a combination of residential, animal and livelihood structures were demolished.
WAFAC and SANAD conducted an advocacy workshop for mothers of disabled children
In the honor of Women's International Day and the World Day of children with Down Syndrome, Women and Family Affairs Center and Sanad Society for people with disabilities and in partnership with ASWAT Society have implemented an advocacy workshop titled "highlighting the suffering of disabled women mothers of disabled persons" within the initiative "Strengthening social integration of persons with disabilities in our Palestinian society," with the participation of nearly 40 people from the community.
Seminar on Role of Women in Rejecting Violence Culture in Palestinian Society
31-3-2016: ADWAR Association and Zimam Palestine implemented the first awareness seminar entitled (The Role of Women in Rejecting Violence Culture in Palestinian Society) in cooperation with active women from AlDeirat village in Masafer Yatta of South Hebron.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator visits Palestinian community of Khirbet Tana and warns of risk of forcible transfer
Jerusalem, 28 March 2016: The UN Coordinator for Humanitarian and Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Robert Piper, visited the Palestinian community of Khirbet Tana in the occupied West Bank today.
WAFAC and SANAD ended empowerment trainings for PWDs
Nablus - With the participation of 38 disabled women and mothers of disabled persons and volunteers from the local community, Women and Family Affairs Center (WAFAC) and Sanad Society for PWDs (SANAD) achieved the first phase activities of the initiative entitled "Strengthen the Social Integration of PWDs in our Palestinian Society", which aims to contribute to the psychosocial and economic empowerment of PWDs. The first phase of the initiative focused on 17 mothers of children with disability and volunteers, who participated in a training on how to deal with autistic children, through ice breaking exercises and debriefing activities, an introduction to autism (definition, causes, symptoms), displaying methods of formal and informal assessment, identifying the objective of cases assessment, training on the basics of clinical assessment, regressive developmental disorders, forms of autism spectrum disorder, adaptive behavior and how to train the child on social interaction skills. From our belief in the importance of roles integration, the second phase of the initiative focused on training 21 disabled women and mothers of disabled persons, who had previously participated in vocational training in wool knitting and needle within a project with ASWAT Society. The training tackled topics on self-esteem, communication skills, microfinance project cycle management and the art of marketing. In addition, the training covered the basic process of marketing components, identifying marketing problems and solutions, marketing messages, determining appropriate product's price, innovative approach to promote the project, the project's capital and other related topics. Based on women needs, Dr. Nisreen Barakat was hosted for two days, to talk about reproductive health in general and the health of women with disabilities and addressing the subject of hysterectomy among women with disabilities and without disabilities. At the end of the trainings, participants recommended to conduct more meetings to improve mothers' capacity in dealing with their children, organizing an entertainment trip or activity for mothers and their children to strengthen their relationship, printing awareness leaflets tackling the training topics. In addition, holding more training in the field of marketing, because number of women has their own micro-project, but they do not possess adequate skills to market their products, due to the strong market competition. SANAD's manager thanked and expressed her appreciation and happiness in the remarkable evolution of mothers enrolled in the training. Through her observation, she noticed an improvement in how mothers of disabled children treat each other on a daily basis and how they started to share their experiences on the status of their children. She also emphasized the importance of mothers' commitment to such activities, whether in SANAD or similar centers, so that those mothers can be like a special examples; as they are mothers of special children and have to accept them no matter what are the responses from the surrounding which consequently will be reflected positively on their children. Also, she stressed on the keenness of SANAD on communicating with moms through organizing awareness campaigns, whether by arranging a series of trainings or by organizing workshops in the field of learning difficulties and occupational therapy, based on mothers' needs. In conclusion, we would like to mention that this initiative came as a supportive tool for strengthening the relationship between mothers of children with disabilities and between CBOs and DPOs to work for the benefit of PWDs through real partnerships in projects and activities and the exchange of experiences and cooperation in the planning, implementation and follow-up and as a means of psychosocial support for mothers of children with disabilities in order to strengthen them to rely on themselves and develop their coping skills with the surrounding environment and the exchange of experiences and suffering with other mothers and to overcome introversion and isolation imposed by the community, all in partnership between WAFAC and SANAD and financed by the EducAid.
Building Back Better – Supporting Spatial Planning in Khuza’a Municipality
Gaza, Mar 1st, 2016- UN Habitat through a partnership with Dutch Creative Industries Fund deployed a team of four planning and architectural experts from Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany for a technical exchange with Gazan planners, engineers and community representatives in the context of developing detailed local outline plans for Abu-Reida and AlNajar neighborhoods in the Municipality of Khuza’a in south eastern Gaza.
Education Sector Working Group organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Ramallah - On 2 March 2016 the Education Sector Working Group (ESWG), established within the Aid Coordination Structure in Palestine, took place in Ramallah at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE). The Working Group is an interactive dialogue meeting between key officials of the MoEHE and all members of the education community in Palestine, including local and international civil society and development partners.
Partnership agreement with Yatta Educational Directorate
ADWAR’s general director Sahar AlKawasmeh signed a partnership agreement ‘MOU’ with Educational directorate of Yatta represented by the general director Mr.Khaled Abu Sharar. The agreement was signed to confirm cooperation and partnership with Yatta Educational directorate in order to implement project activities entitled:” Supporting gender equality regarding access to education in the south Hebron hill” funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK government.
ADWAR signs a new project agreement to support gender equality
ADWAR’s general director Sahar AlKawasmeh signed a new project agreement entitled:” Supporting gender equality regarding access to education in the south Hebron hill” funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of UK government.