Children in Palestine
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 Children's Villages 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.
SOS Children’s Villages Palestine
Tel: +972/22/742 267
Fax: +972/22/745 179