Middle East Council of Churches – Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees (MECC – DSPR)

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Postal address:

Gaza – Palestine  22/330 Said Al’as Street, Rimal

P.O.Box 49 Gaza

Tel.: +970 (0) 82860146 / 2822595

Fax: +970 (0) 82866331

Website: www.neccgaza.org

Contact person: Dr.Issa Saleem  Tarazi

Email: necc@neccgaza.org

Mobile: +970 599408128

 

History

NECCCRW Gaza Committee was established in 1952 launching a humanitarian program to assist Palestinians who took refuge in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s establishment in 1948. NECCCRW has been focusing then on the provision of humanitarian aid and contributing to an overall improvement in living conditions and to poverty alleviation for all needy and vulnerable people in Gaza Strip. The Gaza Area Committee is part of the Department of Service to the Palestine Refugees (DSPR). The DSPR is a department of the Middle East council of Churches NECCRW Gaza is an integral part of the Palestinian Society and culture and operates with support from the churches, ecumenical and secular organizations. The committee is formed of committed and dedicated volunteers who are appointed by the heads of the churches; of the respective families forming the four family members of MECC on equal church representation. The Gaza Area Committee serves the Palestinian people. It is part of Christian commitment to our society and a source of strength for the continuation of the indigenous Christian witness and presence in the region.

 

Mission

NECCCRW is a Palestinian church-related organization aims at strengthening and empowerment of the Palestinian community in the Gaza Strip by providing educational and health services and contingency assistance regardless of faith, color, gender, political affiliation or geographical locality.

 

Vision

A Palestinian Society where people receive adequate health and educational services and enjoy better quality of life.

 

Values

The main core values NECCCRW believes in :-  -Serve people irrespective of their faith, color, gender, political affiliation or geographical locality.  -Respect and love all people.  -Transparency in dealing with all stakeholders.  -Team work and partnership are the shortest way to achieve the organizational and community development.  -Commitment toward mission and vision.  -Quality of services is the best way to realize the effectiveness and impact.

 

NECCCRW Overall Work

 

NECC Overall Aim

NECCCRW Gaza Committee aims at launching a humanitarian programme to assist Palestinians Refugees and needy people. NECCCRW has been focusing on the provision of humanitarian services and contributing to an overall improvement in living conditions and to poverty alleviation.

Sectorial emphasis has been focused on various sectors particularly Health , Education , Vocational Training, Relief work where social casework support is offered to needy families in the form of cash or other assistance, community development and Advocacy.

 

Strategic Goals and Objectives

Health Program’s Main Objectives and Activities NECCCRW is considered an important player in the community. It is trustworthy organisation with a long-term experience enabling it to be aware of the general health needs of the population.

The main objectives of health program are: – To provide adequate primary health care services in the poor and overcrowded locations – To promote and enhance the public and environmental health in the targeted areas (Rafah, Shejaeya, and Daraj). -To reduce the level of malnutrition including anemia – To promote the psychosocial status of the served community particularly children – To enhance cooperation and collaboration with relevant organization to avoid duplication.

Its main activities cover essential maternal and child health services such as:  antenatal, postnatal care, health education, dental services, well-baby clinic, family planning, lab testing, provision of medication, nutrition education, psychological support, malnutrition and anemia recovery.

Midwife Wisal   is examining a pregnant woman during antenatal care in Darraj clinic

Figure 1 / Midwife Wisal is examining a pregnant woman during antenatal care in Darraj Clinic

 

NECC Programs

* Education Program Main Objectives and Activities NECC focuses also on Education and Training Programs which aim at: – Contributing to improve the livelihood conditions of young males dropped out from schools through providing high quality education and training skills (including secretary, dress-making, carpentry, metal works). – Enhancing of workers – Assisting NECC graduates in finding job opportunities.

The activities can be summarised as follows: -Drop-out school students receive training in carpentry, welding and aluminium work, -Young men received training on general electrical skills. -Female secondary school graduates receive training on secretarial and office management – Female preparatory school graduates receive training on sewing and dress making.

Secretarial students during the training course in NECC

Figure 2/ Secretarial Students during the training course in NECC

* Welfare and Relief Program’s Main Goals and Activities:

Another main strategic goal of NECC is Welfare and Relief: – To improve the livelihood conditions of needy family -To fulfill the needs of persons with disability via providing needed medical and non-medical items. -To provide Educational loans to needy students to complete their university studies.

The main activities implemented under the umbrella of this program are: – providing financial assistance for needy families – creating temporary job opportunities for university and VTC graduates – providing educational loans for university students to complete their study.

* Advocacy Program

Moreover, advocacy is an important strategic goal of NECC:

– To intensify networking and coordination with local, regional, and international organizations to defend the rights of vulnerable Palestinians and raise awareness of youth and vulnerable groups of youth on their rights.

NECC Staff and Students participated in the Palestinian Captive Day

Figure 3/ NECC staff and students participated in the Palestinian Captive Day

* Operations and Sustainability It is a main strategic goal to enhance the organizational performance of NECC to ensure its efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.

 

Target Groups

Generally, NECC target groups consist of poor Palestinians in and out of refugee camps, disadvantaged youth, women and vulnerable communities. The health centers provide preventative and primary curative health services to patients/ clients in their areas of responsibility. The centers focus on mother and child care, family planning, primary health care and health education. Beneficiaries of this sector are self-selecting through clinical need and geographical access to the clinics. A total of about 200 students per year receive vocational training in one of the vocational training centers. The employment project supports approximately 20-25 women in income generation. The community development program supports schools, youth groups, and kindergartens across the strip.

Meeting with partners discussing the latest issues

Figure 4/ Meeting with Partners discussing the latest issues

Mr. George B. Moseley lecturer in Health Law and Management Harvard School of Public Health and group of Harvard School Graduates made a visi ...to NECC on 15-6-2012

Figure 5/ Mr.Goarge B, Moseley lecturer in Heath Law and Management Harvard School of Public Health and group of Harvard School Graduates made a visit to NECC on 15-6-2012

Mr. Ryan Beiler and Mr. Basem Thabet from Mennonite Central Committee MCC- visited NECC to follow up the projects

Figure 6/ MR.Ryan Beiler and Mr. Basem Thabet from Mennonite Central Committee MCC-visited NECC to follow-up the projects

NECC participated in an invitation to Launch Event of “Supporting Adult Education Centers in Palestine” Project

Figure 7/ NECC participated in an invitation to Launch Event of ” Supporting Adult Education Centers in Palestine Project”

Training Study Day conducted in NECC about  providing training on management and follow up of defaulters for Medical Staff

Figure 8/ Training Study Day conducted in NECC about providing training on Management and Follow-up of defaulters

Current Act Appeal Projects

First: NECCCRW ongoing health program which aims at: Providing primary health care services in poor, populated, and remote areas that have no or little health services available. There are three NECCCRW Clinics located in El Daraj, Shejaeya, and Rafah with populations in each locality respectively of 80,000, 70,000, and 12,000.

NECC offers a relatively comprehensive package which covers essential maternal and child health services such as:

– Antenatal and postnatal care for pregnant to reduce the maternal mortality through the provision of good quality services to pregnant women and early detection of serious signs with prompt referral when needed.

– Well baby support services are operated in NECC twice a week where the staff nurses provide services to children from birth to 6 years. Screening is conducted for all achildren in target areas to provide an array of diagnostic and preventive services, to identify anemic and mal nourished children to be recovered in our clincs or referred the severe cases. Health education about breastfeeding, nutrition and hygien, food demonstration, is conducted for all mothers .

– Laboratory services a.

–  Conducting Hematological tests, Urine and stool analysis tests, Biochemistry tests, and pregnancy tests.

– Family Planning Services in which we increase family’s awareness about the importance of family planning to their health status through the available family planning methods such as intrauterine, pills, injections, and condoms.

– Pharmacy services where a small pharmacy is available including medicine and drugs.

– Dental health services for all beneficiaries.

– Nutrition project which aims at contributing to the reduction of children mortality and morbidity through reducing the prevalence of malnutrition and anemia among children under 5 in the targeted areas.

Dentist Antone  is examining one of the beneficiaries in Shija'ia Dental Clinic

Figure 9/ Dentist Antone is examining one of the beneficiaries in Shijaia Dental Clinic

Second: NECCCRW Vocational  Education and Training Program One of the NECCCRW main programs is the vocational training and education; which seeks to eliminate the suffering of poor male and female students and enable them enjoy their basic human rights, through providing adequate vocational training and education opportunities along with supporting them to create decent career life. In addition, helping the dropped out students to be able to fit in the society in particular, and to contribute in ensuring the students’ life with dignity in general.

NECCCRW in Gaza Strip supervises four training centers as follows:

– Carpentry and Furniture Making / Metal and Aluminum Works and Welding: targeting dropout school students aged 14-16 to enhance their capacities and skills.

– Electricity and Motor Rewinding Center: targeting 10th grade male school students to increase their technical skills and potential for employment.

– Secretarial Studies and English Language Center: targeting female secondary school graduates to train qualified and skilled secretaries as means to support the Palestinian women and provide them with a chance to be an active participated, self independent and women advocator.

– Advanced Dressmaking Center: female secondary school graduates to support poor and marginalized women in the Gaza Strip through their tailoring skills.

Advanced Dressmaking students during their practical training

Figure 10/ Advanced Dress Making Students during their practical training

 Electricity and Motor Rewinding VTC Students during the training course in Al Qararah VTC

Figure 11/ Electricity and Motor Rewinding VTC Students during the training Course in Al-Qarara VTC

 

Previous Act Projects

– Job creation project which aims at providing short –term cash for work opportunities for the unemployment Palestinians whom their economic insecurity rate is high. The project purpose was to alleviate poverty in Gaza and improve the livelihoods of needy people. NECC provided job opportunities for 67 individuals; 37 females and 30 males. The premises of NECC had no available space for all workers, so many of them were distributed among various organizations in the Gaza City December 2011 to March 2012.

NECC Social Workers signed temporary Job Creation Contract with the beneficiaries

Figure 12/ NECC Social Workers signed Temporary Job Creation Contract with the Beneficiaries

– Financial Assistance Project NECC contributed to eliminate the financial suffering of the poor and marginalized families in the Gaza Strip through distributing financial assistance supported by Act. On February and March 2011; 1235 needy families received financial support through ACT PSE 101Appeal, and on December 2011; 2420 needy families received financial support through ACT PSE 111appeal.

NECC Social  Workers made a social study for the beneficiaries before receiving the cash grant

Figure 13/ NECC Social Workers made a social study for the beneficiaries before receiving the cash grant

One of the Gaza beneficiaries received cash grant in the NECC

Figure 14/ One of the Gaza beneficiaries received cash grant in NECC

 

Human Interest Story

Fedaa’ Mustafa Samara, the graduate Fedaa’ Mustafa Mahmoud Samara, born in 1991, carries the identity number 802850164, and lives in Gaza city –Darraj area and has a mobile No. 0597000859.

Miss Fedaa’ was a student at NECC secretarial center and graduated in 2010.

Her family consists of 4 members, her father (65 years) is unemployed and her mother (64 years) who is a patient with diabetes mellitus and hypertension, also her brother Mohammed who is a student at Al-Azhar University, so Fedaa’ is the main supporter for her family and their life needs.

Fedaa’ had worked through the job creation project as she got an opportunity to work in Paltel company (Palestinian Communication Company) for 3 months as a secretary in the company.

Fedaa’ was so active in work and she did her job to the fullest so the company promised her to give her an opportunity for one year contract ,even they didn’t do this with the other graduates which mean that Fedaa’ was the best and excellent in her work.

Fedaa’ is the sole provider for her family and was lucky to work in this company through the job creation project of the Pontifical Mission for 3 months as she was able to improve the economic status of her family by saving the essential and basic needs of living and now as she will get a permanent job at the communication company by this contract so this means that her family will be able to have a monthly and can provide their needs to live with dignity.  Fedaa’ was appreciated the efforts of NECC and thankful for helping her to find her way to success and change her life and her family life too.

 NECC Social Workers visited Feda Samara who got temporary job opportunity in Patel Communication Company in Gaza

Figure 15/ NECC Social Workers visited Feda Samara who got temporary job opportunity in Paltel Communication Company

 

Advocacy Work

NECC Advocacy program aims at mobilizing and empowering Palestinian and other relevant communities to seek just and equal human rights. NECC advocating its served community beneficiaries through conducting Health, Culture, and Psychosocial awareness.  Moreover, community training is provided about health, social, and psychosocial issues. Women’s empowerment through conducting awareness lectures; encouraging women to meet, talk, learn, and defend their rights.

Furthermore, community involvement in the planning, the implementation, and the evaluation of health services. Regular Community meetings with community leaders to assess the quality of NECC services and improve them. Health Education brochures distributed to community.  NECC Students Participation in Coalitions Campaigns to defend captives’ rights and disabled rights.  And finally NECC applied the advocacy policy of “Referral of NECC served Communities Children aged 0-6 to have all health services for free “, as approved by the Ministry of Health.   Meanwhile, the continued restrictions and closures had been imposed on the entry of foreigners to Gaza and many had been denied entry including a number of donors’ agencies representative, church delegations and even diplomatic corps.

 

How Can I Help!

• Secondment of Volunteers to work on advocacy issues including “ Training, Awareness, Campaigns …etc “ in the following fields:-

– Human Rights

– Women Empowerment

– Child Protection

– Right to Health

– Right to Education

– Youth Empowerment

 

Publications

http://dspr-me.org/dspr/DSPR%20Annual%20Report%202011.pdf

http://dspr-me.org/dspr/Brochure%202012%20-%20final%20proof.pdf

 

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