IOCC Provides New Jobs & Humanitarian
|Volume 13, No. 1
Programs in The Holy Land
Jerusalem Whether training women to create farming cooperatives or assisting families who were cut off from their farmlands by the West Bank Barrier to grow vegetable gardens, IOCC's assistance to the people of the Holy Land has emphasized self-sustaining initiatives that address poverty and promote economic independence.
Today, IOCC is continuing this approach in the Holy Land with new programs that allow it to build on its humanitarian assistance, particularly to Gaza's families who still suffer the effects of the 2008 conflict. "We're very excited to have received $1 million in funding that will help improve the lives of thousands of Palestinian families living in poverty," said Greg Manzuk, IOCC's representative in Jerusalem.
"So many families in the Gaza Strip are struggling to meet even their most basic needs, and this project will provide essential food, as well as blankets, cleaning supplies, soap, and baby kits to over 3,000 needy families," he continued.
IOCC's new aid to Gaza follows the over $1.4 million in much-needed emergency food and other essentials that IOCC provided to about 70,000 people since the outbreak of the 2008 conflict.
In Qalqiliya and Nablus, two of the most isolated areas of the West Bank, IOCC is launching a program to assist families. The $260,000 program, funded by ACT Alliance partner Finn Church Aid, will train 180 individuals to create vegetable gardens and establish bee hives so that families can provide up to 30% of their food needs. Many of these families have lost access to their farmlands.
IOCC is in the process of launching a $2 million program that will provide jobs to nearly 1,700 people who live in the northern and southern areas of Gaza. The work includes digging agricultural water catchments, recovering farmland, and general clean-up in the aftermath of the 2008 conflict. The people IOCC employs will help to recover up to 13 acres of agricultural land in Gaza.
IOCC will also provide irrigation equipment and materials for constructing greenhouses.
Children and youth who have experienced war trauma will also receive counseling and recreational therapy as part of the project.