Country: Palestine, C area, Tubas, Ein El Beida, Khirbet Tell al Himma, Al Aqaba, Khirbet Atuf, Khirbet ar Ras al Ahmar, Hebron, H2 – Hebron

Donor: IACD (Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development)

Period: 1st July 2016 – 31st January 2017

Thematic area: Protection of refugees and displaced persons

Local partners: village Councils, education directorates, governorates, municipalities, JSCs, WBWD, PWA, MOE, UNRWA

Italian partners: GVC (lead applicant)

Overall objective: strengthening resilience capacity by providing essential basic services in the C area

Specific objective: Improving protection tools of seven vulnerable communities in the governorates of Hebron and Tubas

Direct beneficiaries: persons with high resettlement risk, living in the intervention area: 1047 males and 1149 females aged 0-18 years old; 542 males and 514 females aged from 19 to 55 years old; 140 males and 129 females more than 55 years old.

Disabled persons: 33 males and 20 females aged 0-18 years old; 4 males and 2 females aged 19-55 years old; one male more than 55 years old.

Refugees: 535 males aged 0-18 years old; 23 males aged 19-55 years old; one male more than 55 years old.

Indirect beneficiaries: all people of the communities living in the intervention areas

Summary of the project:

As reported by the UN Humanitarian country Team and the Humanitarian Needs Overview, the 300.000 people living in the C area are always under the constant displacement risk caused by the frequent violation of human rights by Israeli soldiers. Palestinian people are usually under the huge risk of various protection violations such as destruction or damaging of private and public properties, forced resettlement, restrictions of freedom of movement and essential services, necessary for acceptable life conditions.

As reported by OCHA, about 8000 Palestinian people living in West Bank belong to the 61 communities that are subject to high risk of resettlement. This situation generates inevitably a strongly negative psychological effect, in particular for women having the responsibility of the family members, and for children, for whom the psychologic impact has become a trauma. Moreover, as detected by HNO, about 588.900 children and teenagers living in West Bank, and in particular in Hebron 2, need assistance for the full access to inclusive education in a secure and child friendly environment. Despite those needs, access to education is seriously compromised by frequent violence, aggressions and arrests caused by Israeli soldiers and settlers. Children are usually forced to pass through checkpoints, where they are frequently enduring verbal and physical violence.

Considering this background, the aims of the project are the following: rehabilitation of structures considered necessary for implementation of inclusive access on educational system; implementation of an environmental awareness campaign concerning the use of water for basic personal hygiene; strengthening of structural services of psychological-social support in education services.

At the beginning of the project, EducAid and GVC will put together both their approaches to identify  the best tools to answer the needs of protection of vulnerable groups; then, protection will be developed with adequate plans, paying more attention to the above mentioned groups, in particular disabled persons.