Sponsor a child in Palestine
Children in Palestine grow up with violence never far away. When conflict breaks out, as it did in summer 2014, they face the prospect of death, injury and the loss of their loved ones. Longer term, families suffer the long-term consequences of war and the day-to-day hardships of a buckling economy.
You can provide a happy home for a vulnerable Palestinian child by sponsoring with us today:
A society marked by violence
Living standards in Palestine are highly dependent on Israeli policy. At times when free movement of people and trade is allowed, conditions improve. At other times, life can be very tough.
Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are particularly deprived, with the overwhelming majority living in poverty and just under half unemployed. Again, restrictions on movement impede access to healthcare, with medical service on the verge of collapse when borders are closed.
A dangerous upbringing
- More than half of Palestinians are under the age of 18
- Children grow up amid frequent outbreaks of street violence sparked by ongoing political turmoil
- Sadly, studies suggest violence is not confined to the streets, with many children facing abuse in the home
- A scarcity of jobs means that young people face a future of joblessness, and with food prices increasing just as household income is increasing, life is set to get harder for tomorrow's generation
Our work in Palestine
We run two Children's Villages in Palestine, located in the key locations of Gaza and Bethlehem. Alongside our Villages, six medical centres aim to help those affected by the fighting by providing healthcare to families and psychological support to children who have grown up amid ongoing violence which is sadly rife in Palestine.
We began our work in Palestine in the historic biblical town of Bethlehem in 1968. An SOS Nursery allows young children from the Village and the surrounding community to take the first steps of school life together, and they continue to grow together at our SOS Primary School. The nearby SOS Youth Home allows them to make a gradual transition to independence, with support from the team. We also carry out essential work helping vulnerable families stay together. This way, we ensure children spend childhood with their parents and enjoy the best possible upbringing.
We opened the Village in Rafah near Gaza in 1999. High population density and widespread poverty made this an important centre for our work. An SOS Nursery provides care and early education to young children from the Village and community beyond, and they continue their learning at the SOS Primary School. As in Bethlehem, young adults approaching independence move on to an SOS Youth Home where they get to grips with the challenges of adult life.
Again, we work in the community to prevent family breakdowns and ensure children the best start possible.
Life in SOS Children's Villages Palestine: Rania's story
When the SOS team found baby Rania and her four brothers, they were living in a shack with their mother. Their mum suffered from mental illness and had barely moved from her thin mattress since Rania had been born just two weeks earlier.
A neighbour explained that Rania's brothers didn't go to school, and the team decided that the best thing to do for the whole family was to give Rania and her brothers a loving home in an SOS family.
The whole Village was excited about the children's arrival, and their new SOS mother spent hours preparing a delicious meal to welcome them into their new home. When Rania and her four brothers arrived at the Village, everybody rushed out to see the new baby. Everybody wanted to give her a hug! "I couldn't wait to welcome them into my home," smiles their SOS mother.
Today, Rania and her brothers are flourishing.
SOS Children's Villages Palestine
Tel: +972/22/742 267
Fax: +972/22/745 179