About Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
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Israel and the Palestinian Territory (the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem) are located in the Middle East on or near the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, Egypt on the southwest, and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south.Read More >
8,522 sq. mi.
Under Age 5 Mortality Rate
Access to Safe Water
Average Annual Income (GNI)
US Comparison to Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza
|Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza United States|
3,794,083 sq miles
Life Expectancy73 years
Access to Safe Water91%
Average Annual Income$25,740
- The Palestinian economy has struggled over the past years. Unemployment in the Gaza Strip is very high and more than half of the population lives below the poverty line. Almost a quarter of Palestinians in the West Bank live below the poverty line.
- In 2009, the World Food Program estimated that 25 percent of people in the West Bank and about 60 percent of people in the Gaza Strip experienced food insecurity.
Through sponsorship, World Vision is partnering with families and communities to help meet immediate needs and promote lasting changes that will strengthen communities and move families toward self-reliance.
Each year sponsors receive updates about their sponsored child and their community. Sponsors also learn about the child's continuing activities and new accomplishments so when they correspond with their child, they can encourage them in their education, hobbies and endeavors.
The commitment of World Vision sponsors helps provide children with love, hope, and opportunities for a healthy, productive future. May God bless sponsors as they make a lasting difference in the life of a special child.
World Vision is committed to partnering with both Palestinians and Israelis to improve their lives today and to help enact sustainable solutions for the future security, freedom and dignity of all children, families, and communities in the Holy Land. World Vision’s child sponsorship program plays a vital role in the lives of children in the region, with donors from around the world. World Vision Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza has 44,526 children registered in its programs, of which 35,492 are sponsored. Donors in the United States sponsor more than 10,000 girls and boys among the total of registered children. In addition to sponsorship, World Vision operates other programs that benefit Palestinian and Israeli communities. Highlights include:
- Partnering with the Palestinian Church to help strengthen the Christian household economy, enabling and empowering families to remain in the Holy Land, rather than emigrating.
- Providing vocational training in sewing, embroidery, knitting, cosmetics, hairdressing, and computer literacy.
- Partnering with local Israeli and Palestinian organizations in advocating for the improved well-being of children and empowering Palestinian and Israeli voices to advocate for peace and justice.
- Improving the well-being of children and their families in the West Bank and Gaza Strip through school renovations, adequate school supplies, road construction, and other inventions.
- Promoting peace-building by bringing together bereaved family members of Israeli and Palestinian descent to reconcile and heal from the wounds of conflict.
World Vision began working in the region in 1975, supporting a secondary school for boys in Bethlehem. Since then, some of World Vision’s major accomplishments include:
- Improving the availability and quality of education for children in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Providing counseling, individual treatment, and family and group therapy to children and adults.Assisting families through agricultural training, housing and school renovation, healthcare services, and other interventions since 2000.
- Distributing emergency kits and providing recovery assistance to families in response to the 2008/2009 Gaza crisis.
Israel and the Palestinian territory (the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem) are located in the Middle East on or near the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, Egypt on the southwest, and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south.
The region contains low coastal plains, central mountain ranges, a rugged upland plateau in the east, and the Negev Desert in the south of Israel. The climate is temperate, with hot summers and mild winters.
Natural resources include timber, copper, natural gas, clay, and sand for Israel; limestone, olive oil, and arable land for the West Bank.
Please pray for:
Christian churches in both Israel and the West Bank and Gaza that they may continue to serve as peacemakers in the midst of conflict
For boys and girls suffering from emotional scars, that they may find peace and recover
2013Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, World Vision was able to work alongside communities to accomplish the following in 2013.
- Established community cooperatives, allowing women to participate in income-generating activities such as sewing, fashion design, and gardening.
- Partnered with communities to improve kindergartens and bring them up to national standards, helping provide clean, safe environments for children to learn and grow.
- Helped facilitate recently graduated university students to provide tutoring for children with special needs, assisting the children in improving their school performance and boosting their self-esteem.
- Renovated or provided supplies and equipment to dozens of local schools, improving the learning environment for children.
- Worked with communities to develop disaster and emergency response plans, helping them more confidently and effectively handle emergency situations.
- Established Child-Friendly Spaces, giving girls and boys safe places to gather and play.
- Held extracurricular activities including summer camps, fun days, and healthy food fairs, allowing children to participate in positive community events.
- Supplied community-based organizations with office equipment and furniture, allowing them to better provide services to children and youth.
- Provided youth clubs with sports equipment, engaging kids with constructive activities in a safe environment.
- Provided counseling for mothers, mentoring them on ways to support children who are traumatized by violence in the area.