Humanity & Inclusion in the Palestinian Territories
Our team has been present in the Palestinian Territories since 1996, working to improve the daily lives of the most vulnerable people. Since the expulsion of Fatah in 2007, the Gaza Strip has been subjected to a blockade by Israel and Egypt.
During the events of summer 2014, 440,000 people were forced to seek refuge in collective shelters, with thousands of civilians killed or injured. Explosive devices are still present from the 2014 conflict, putting the lives of civilians at risk.
With service sectors and non-governmental organizations resources stretched thin, Palestinians are struggling to meet their basic needs, especially people with disabilities who are often overlooked and lack proper representation in development and relief efforts.
People with disabilities also face discrimination at every level of society, in particular in the areas of education and employment.
Our Current Work
- Provide rehabilitation services
- Ensure people have access to essential services
- Promote social, educational, and economic inclusion
- Provide psychosocial support for children with disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion continues to work to improve access to rehabilitation through home-based services.
Access to Essential Services
Humanity & Inclusion works to improve persons with disabilities’ access to basic essential services in the Palestinian Territories by:
- Facilitating awareness raising among civil society groups about the importance of including persons with disabilities
- Running mobile rehabilitation units
- Donating equipment and medical supplies for the care of children and adults with disabilities
Social, Educational, and Inclusion
Humanity & Inclusion runs multiple projects aimed at improving the social, educational, and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities by:
- Building the capacity of Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs)
- Raising the awareness of civil society organizations and the public authorities about the rights of people with disabilities and about incorporating the issue of disabilities into their policies
- Supporting the work of OPDs or DPOs to assess inclusive education policies and to generally advocate for the rights of people with disabilities
Support Children with Mental Health Disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion provides psychosocial support for vulnerable children in schools, particularly children with disabilities.
Our Past Work
Our team has been in the Palestinian Territories for 24 years, fostering a culture of dignity, access, and inclusion for ALL people with disabilities and who are vulnerable. Over time, we have evolved our work to meet the dynamic needs of the communities where we serve.
In collaboration with its local partners, Humanity & Inclusion provided rehabilitation services to people affected by 2014.
Our team in the Palestinian Territories:
- Organized 28,000 rehabilitation sessions for more than 4,800 people
- Distributed 2,500 mobility aids and 4,000 non-food items
The organization also operates a project to improve the care of children with cerebral palsy in the Palestinian Territories.
Mine Risk Education
In 1999, Humanity & Inclusion launched an education initiative on the risks of anti-personnel landmines and other explosive remnants of war.
Since March 2015, the organization has delivered more than 700 risk education sessions to more than 5,000 adults and children.