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Gaza Emergency Annual Report —
December 2013

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07 Jan 2014 Program Overview
On 14 November 2012, Israel launched an eight-day war on the Gaza Strip. Within just over a week, more than 165 Palestinians, including 100 innocent civilians, were killed. Tens of thousands of Gazans fled their homes in fear and daily life was brought to a standstill until a ceasefire was reached. As families returned to their homes, many struggled with the trauma of having to flee and hundreds more still remained displaced. The injured who sought medical care were unable to receive immediate medical treatment as hospitals and clinics experienced a shortage in medicines and medical supplies.

CNEWA’s operating agency in the Middle East, The Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP), implemented a rapid needs assessment in collaboration with partner institutions immediately after a ceasefire was declared to determine the most urgent needs. Generous assistance from PMP donors contributed close to $400,000 towards the emergency program; PMP’s psychosocial program absorbed the majority of donor funds followed by medical support and emergency home repair for families and local institutions in Gaza. The PMP gratefully acknowledges its donors who pledged their support for the program: Manos Unidas, Misereor, Archdiocese of Cologne, Kinderhilfe Bethlehem, Kindermissionwerk, and other benefactors, some of whom wish to remain anonymous.

Provided therapy for school children and guidance for parents
The PMP and in partnership with CTCCM — a local mental health provider that networks with local schools in Gaza in addition to trained counselors from NECC Mother and Child Clinics and Society of Women Graduates, provided psychosocial counseling at the three NECC Clinics, over 14 kindergartens, the YMCA and three Christian schools in Gaza. The psychosocial programs supported a total of 5,813 children, providing fun, child-friendly activities, “open days”, talent shows and other social events which served as treatment therapy specifically designed for traumatized children. The team of experts also screened the children for other mental health problems, learning disorders and vision and hearing problems while providing personal consultations and group workshops for parents and relatives to learn more about war and child trauma, warning signs of trauma in children and where to seek help. With donor support, the psychosocial programs helped children vent stress, provided access to medical help and helped build a stronger network between parents and their children.

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