Program

 

 

  1. SITUATION ANALYSIS
  1. Description of the Organization

Fares Al Arab for Development & Charity Works is a nongovernmental / nonprofit organization established since 2006. The idea of establishment comes from a group of youths who believe in charity and relief works and its role in raising & building the community. The organization, through its strategic plans, could contribute in developing and supporting the Palestinian community by implementing a series of projects & activities.

Fares Al Arab seeks to participate in raising the status of developmental & charitable works in the Gaza Strip through the implementation of development and social charity programs.

Gaza Strip lives an exceptional circumstances with ongoing  blockade and facing three wars within five years need an immediate responses and emergency & relief activities which is considered as one of the main priorities in Fares Al-Arab programs and interventions. Mitigating the impact of shocks and providing emergency relief are included in the strategic programs implemented through the relief and emergency program. Fares Al-Arab has a variety of supporting units and departments such as procurement, logistics, media, finance, human resources and internal auditing, which assist in the implementation of various programs and activities.

  1. Gaza Crisis

Gaza Strip forms an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory.Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on earth, with a total area of 365 km2 (45 km long, 2-5 km wide), a population of over 1.8 million and a population growth of 3.37%.

The war on the Gaza Strip on 2014 has resulted in a severe humanitarian crisis. The damages caused by this war far exceed the destruction caused by the previous two wars on 2008 and 2012, with significant civilian causalities, widespread destruction of civilian buildings and infrastructure throughout the Strip and massive displacement of people.All geographic areas of Gaza were affected by the conflict and destroying Gaza’s economy completely including the economic facilities left which were considered the base of the economy in Gaza.

The conflict and ten years of blockade, and more than 20 years of movement restrictions have taken their toll on Palestinians living in Gaza. Social services, including health and education, are overstretched by historical weaknesses and new losses. Poverty, food insecurity, and social vulnerability have rocketed as a result of the mass displacement and destruction of the population. Many households in Gaza can no longer live without external assistance, putting additional pressure on the social protection system.

The on-going energy crisis is another challenge that faces the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip, resulting in devastating effects on the water, sanitation and hygiene and health sector.

Due to its densely populated and largely urban environment, all people in Gaza were exposed to the conflict and suffered from damages to vital infrastructure. The infrastructure destruction has left a large number of the Gazan people without food, water, shelters, electricity, and/or medical services.

  1. Political Economy of Gaza

Gaza Strip has been facing many political changes since 2006.  A recent report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) states “…even before the latest military operations, Gaza’s local economy was in a state of total collapse,” and “the consequences will be grave for the Palestinian people and their economy.”

Since 2007 and following the blockade imposed by Israel, the situation in the Strip has been one of chronic need, re-development and donor dependency, despite a temporary relaxation of restrictions on movement of people and goods since 2010.

The blockade has effectively cut off access for exports to traditional markets, transfers to the West Bank and has severely restricted imports. Exports are now down to 2% of 2007 levels.

Adding to this, the majority of the Gaza population has lost its productive assets. According to the Palestinian Federation of Industries, 419 businesses and workshops were damaged, with 128 completely destroyed. With limited activity at the commercial crossings and extensive damage to private infrastructure and other productive assets,

The previously mentioned political circumstances did not only affect the economy but also had a disastrous impact on the social life of the people living in Gaza. The studies show an increase in the rate of divorce as a result of the deteriorating economic situation where the husbands are not able to provide the needs of their families and children. At the same time, the results show that the number of girls not getting married is increasing since men are unable to find work opportunities and thus unable to have the marriage expenses which lead them (men) to get married late.

As a result, to the low standards of living, lack of job opportunities and the absence of solutions for their problems, young people in Gaza started using drugs. Many indicators show an increase in the level of drug use in Gaza, especially Tramadol, not only by men but also by women. Even educated people became victims to drug use since they want to run away from their bad reality.

  1. Social Crisis

The economic crisis has badly hit and affected the social structure. The impact can be seen in the following:

 

Consequences of the above situations imply that urgent interventions need to be taken to support the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip.

  1. PROGRAMME RATIONALE

Fares Al-Arab focuses on enhancing the resilience of the community during the emergencies and crises by providing livelihoods for the affected and reducing poverty for the vulnerable and marginalized groups in Gaza Strip. The Organization will provide emergency relief and support to poor families to enhance the resilience of families and individuals in light of repeated crises affecting the Gazan People. Fares Al-Arab will target these selected groups through various interventions in the field of relief and emergency, including:

 

  1.  FARES AL-ARAB STRATEGY

Given the current major challenges of the Gazan people, the need for a comprehensive and coordinated response to alleviate the poverty and to face emergency humanitarian crises become a priority for Fares Al-Arab. In this context, Fares Al-Arab designed a comprehensive program and trained its employee to provide the necessary support and services toward the basic needs of the most vulnerable and the poorest.

 

Strategy of our Intervention:

The proposed strategy to achieve the goal and objective is based on:

The program is designed with full consideration of the living conditions, people's basic needs and priority sectors, which will be addressed during the implementation of the intervention in this program.  

 

Program 4: Relief and Emergency Program

Strategic Objective:

To contribute to strengthening the resilience of Palestinian community in case of emergencies, crises and disasters

Specific Objectives

  1. Contribute to support food security for the poorest groups in the Gaza Strip

Results:

  1. Distributing of Food parcels and financial assistance
  2. Providing nonfood item and basic needs to families during crises
  3. To contribute to the development of the health system to respond to the community needs during emergencies and crises

Results:

  1. Providing urgent medical supplies during emergencies and crisis
  2. Supporting families with special health care needs

 

  1. To improve the living conditions of the groups affected by wars and crisis

Results:

  1. Rehabilitation of the houses for poor families affected by the war
  2. Providing basic needs for poor families

 

  1. FUNDING AND INVESTMENT

Fares Arab Organization needs to provide a budget to implement the Relief and Emergency Program in cooperation with international and local donor institutions to achieve the objectives of the program within the strategy of the Organization.

 

Specific Objective

Result

Budget ($)

1.1   Contribute to support food security for the poorest groups in the Gaza Strip

Contribute to alleviate the living burdens of the poorest families.

500,000

Emergency intervention, relief families and mitigate them in wars and disasters.

250,000

1.2   To contribute to the development of the health system to respond to the community needs during emergencies and crises

Medical relief intervention to save patients' lives and those affected by disasters and crises.

500,000

Provide the needs of people with special needs

500,000

1.3   To improve the living conditions of the groups affected by wars and crisis

Improve the housing level of the affected families by wars and poor families.

500,000

Contribute to improving the living conditions and alleviating the living burdens of poor families.

250,000

 

 

  1. SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS

 

  1. Cash Assistance Distribution for Poor & Marginalized Families

Implementation period: 2008

Project description: A seasonal project aims at providing support for poor and marginalized families to enable them to provide their needs during the month of Ramadan and benefited from the project different sectors of the Palestinian people. The number of beneficiaries was 334 families.

  1. "Iftar and Food Parcels Distribution" Projects

Implementation period: 30/6/2014 – 30/7/2014

Project description: A seasonal project aims at providing support for poor and marginalized families and to strengthen the social cohesion at Gaza Strip during the Holy Month of Ramadan through distributing of hot meals. Moreover, organizing mass breakfasts targeting different sectors of the Palestinian people such as workers, fishermen. The number of beneficiaries was 500 families of food parcels and 12064 meals.

  1. Sacrificial Project

Implementation period: 16/08/2016 – 1/10/2016

Project description: The sacrificial project is one of the main seasonal projects for Fares Al-Arab organization, where the Organization distributes the meat for poor families, orphans and disabled registered at the Organization beneficiaries database. The number of beneficiaries was 6545 families.

  1. Winter Clothes Project

Implementation period: 31/05/2017 – 30/06/2017

Donor: Al Taawon Organization

Project description: "Meeting winter urgent needs for needy families in Gaza" Project is part of "From Family to Family" project, which provides a monthly cash assistance for needy families and it contributes to support poor families in the Gaza Strip to enhance their access to basic needs by distributing monthly cash assistance for 41 families, and it provided 592 poor families with 1059 child with winter clothes who are living in marginalized and poor areas. This project came along with the recent circumstances which the Gaza Strip went through, besides the increase in the rates of poverty, unemployment and deadlock. This project recorded the best results in mitigating the suffering of these families and their household in these special circumstances.

  1. Preparing Houses Project

Implementation period: 31/05/2017 – 30/06/2017

Project description: Preparing Houses of the poor families with basic needs for the year 2017 - Gaza City project benefiting 100 families of very poor families who suffer from extreme poverty and are classified below the poverty line. The project serves more than 500 individuals, considering that the families are a maximum of five members. The implementation of the project came along with the difficult conditions in the Gaza Strip, especially after the recent circumstances which the Gaza Strip went through and the tightening of the blockade, besides the increase in the rates of poverty, unemployment and deadlock. As everyone knows the rates of extreme poverty due to the difficult economic conditions of Gaza Strip, which made the project gives better results in helping people, alleviate the suffering and fill part of their needs.

  1. Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Houses Affected by 2014 War on Gaza Strip

Implementation period: 17/7/2015 – 17/12/2017

Project description: Renovating of 72 housing units with a total of $226,400, by renovating the partially damaged houses like rebuilds the rundown walls, supply the broken power, installation of windows and doors that are damaged, and what is needed for the house, with taking into consideration the differences needs from house to another in order to restoring the houses to be habitable as it was before the war on Gaza. The number of houses may increase depending on the cost of each housing unit according to the field survey before the project.

  1. Relief Displaced People Affected by War 2014

Implementation period: 2014

Project description: The project came as an urgent response to alleviate the suffering of the affected families who lost his home by the war on Gaza Strip, where the numbers exceeded 350 thousand displaced people inside and outside the shelters. This response leaves a clear tangible impact in meeting the needs of those families affected in shelters and provide part of the key elements of life, the help packages included “food parcels – hot meals – cleaner bags and underwear – children’s milk – mineral water – cleaning materials.” The project included all Gaza Strip governorates. Moreover, the organization adopted four shelters by providing full needs. The number of beneficiaries was 300000 displaced persons.

 

  1. School Uniforms Project 2016
  2. period: 2016
  3. : Tawasal Initiative – France

Project description: At the beginning of each school year, the organization distributes a group of school bags and uniform to needy students to be able to join the school like the other students. The number of beneficiaries was 3000 child.

  1.  Schoolbags Project:
  2. period: 2017
  3. : Mohammed Bin Rashid Humanitarian & Charity Est.

Project description: This project benefits 6349 children from 3 – 14 years especially from needy and marginalized families at Gaza Strip. This project offers 6349 schoolbags and stationery inside it (notebooks, pencils, colors, sharpener, eraser, ruler, drawing book, a pencil case, nylon for packaging books & notebooks, graphic book, stamps, engineering box, pens). The idea of this project came as a charity intervention and well-planned by Fares Al-Arab in order to alleviate the suffering of this group of people. Also, the project aims at adding the social cohesion of the targeted group.