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Achievements Report of the Back to School Project, 2018-2019

Achievements Report of the Back to School Project in Palestine, 2018-2019

 

This week, we completed our seasonal Back to school project for the Palestinian community in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. We started to prepare and implement this project in August and September of each year. However, this year was very difficult for the Palestinians, in the Gaza Strip, especially.

This project acts as a relief project to support and bring a quick response to the urgent need of the Palestinian families in the besieged Gaza Strip. They have been suffering from poverty and destitution for more than 10 continuous years.

Unfortunately, the cities and villages of the West Bank have not been spared from the suffering. The vast Palestinian camps from the northern West Bank to the south still endure poverty. The circumstances worsened when the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) experienced an important financial crisis. People’s lives have been deeply affected since, and the needs are urgent in several important sectors, including health and education.

It is worth mentioning that there are more than half a million Palestinian refugee students most of whom are in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and a few in Jordan and Lebanon. The UN crisis immediately impacted the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, especially in the Palestinian refugee relief schools. Hence, the Back to School Project, which is considered significant has become more important and urgent in this present time.  

  

Our school program, which includes the Back to School Project, focuses on 3 important groups of needy students and poor families:

  1. Orphaned students
  2. Special needs students
  3. The needy or poor child who is not considered an orphan or with special needs.

This project is simple yet significant for the needy families. We prepare students with school bags, stationary as well as school uniform and shoes.

Some of our significant achievements this year include:

  1. This year, we have increased the support of poor families by helping two children instead of one child in the same family. We seek to alleviate the suffering that has escalated.
  2. This year was a year of great suffering and pressure on the Palestinian people, especially in the Gaza Strip. This has made the task of the poverty in Palestine more difficult to address.
  3. We have expanded the geographical area of distribution (horizontal growth), and we have reached the largest geographical area and schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  4. We have carried the project despite the problem of UNRWA (Relief of Palestine refugees) which escalated this year and had a major impact on the Palestinian people inside and outside Palestine.

  

It is worth mentioning that the number of Palestinian students supported by UNRWA inside and outside Palestine exceeds 500,000 students split among 700 schools.

The number of Palestinian refugees registered with the United Nations are 6 million, most of whom are in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

In this academic year, we have already reached approximately 4,000 needy Palestinian families, 1,000 of whom are in the West Bank and 3,000 in the Gaza Strip.

In the Gaza Strip for instance, we have helped 31 Schools spread from the north to the south of the territory. The schools we have reached, include:

  • Hafsa School in Beit Lahia, North of Gaza Strip
  • Asmaa bint Abi Bakr School, Gaza City
  • Abad Al Rahman School and Al Ramla School Gaza city
  • Bin Khaldoun School
  • Ahlam Al Harazin School
  • Asma Al Najjar School in the village of Khan Younis
  • Al Aghad School and the new camp school, in the central area of Gaza (Nusairat).
  • Rafah Elementary School
  • Mawasi School Rafah
  • Al-Shouka School, Rafah, in the central area of Gaza.

In each school, we provided between 100-150 school bags and school supplies.

  

In conclusion, we have reached and contributed to relieve 4000 needy families living in very difficult situations. We have contributed to support education and help ensure our children have a brighter future.