Occupied Palestinian Territory
More than 60 years of conflict have resulted in deepening poverty throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Many Palestinian children live in an environment of violence, fear and limited horizons. We've worked in Gaza and the West Bank for 30 years to address the immediate humanitarian and long term needs of children and their families.
ISRAEL-GAZA CONFLICT - JULY 2014
Children are paying a deadly price for the latest escalation of violence in the Israel–Gaza conflict.
Children and their families living in the West Bank and Gaza are among the Middle East's most vulnerable populations.
The health of children is particularly at risk and the World Health Organization has expressed concern over the state of public health care in the West Bank and Gaza.
Food insecurity is also on the rise; girls and boys under the age of five are particularly vulnerable with one in 10 suffering from stunting. Unemployment among Palestinians is also steadily increasing and currently stands at around 23 percent.
How we're helping
In the West Bank and Gaza, Save the Children implements programs in the areas of education, economic opportunities and psychosocial health. In addition, our work in humanitarian assistance, child protection and youth development are crucial crosscutting themes in our programs.
What we’ve achieved
- We’ve put children’s rights on the agenda, working with the Palestinian Authority (PA) to produce the first-ever review of Palestinian laws, policies and projects to see how the PA has fulfilled its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Hundreds of thousands of children will benefit from this ground-breaking initiative.
- Together with our partner, the Tamer Institute for Community Education, we help parents, teachers and students find alternatives to violence in 25 schools across the OPT.
- We’ve helped around 15,000 mothers and children in Gaza get better access to primary health services, and better care for children with special needs.
- We’re a leader in coordinating the international community’s response to the displacement of children and their families.
- We were among the first to respond to the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, helping 200,000 people.
Find out more
- Read Life on the Edge: The struggle to survive and the impact of forced displacement in high risk areas of the occupied Palestinian territory.