Rafah ADP/Southern Gaza
This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.
Due to violent conflict in the area, we temporarily suspended our regular development work and turned instead to relief and recovery operations. We helped 90,000 people in Gaza, where Rafah is located, by ensuring access to food for displaced families, providing hygiene supplies, and helping ensure ongoing access to essential medical care. Efforts are underway to help families recover their livelihoods, including clearing farmland, rehabilitating irrigation systems, repairing greenhouses, distributing fishing kits, and providing sheep for families. 40 Child-Friendly Spaces in the region provided 4,000 children with psychosocial care, and 12,000 with recreational activities to help them cope with traumatic experiences. Child-Friendly Spaces offer safe, nurturing environments where children living in disaster-affected areas can learn, play, and begin to return to a daily routine. Psychosocial first aid was provided to 13,866 households, helping 55,466 people—adults and children—heal from the effects of violence and displacement. 8,000 mothers were trained in techniques of psychological first aid, which they can use to help their children, as well as any children their families are hosting, to calm themselves and manage stress.
- West Bank and Gaza>Gaza