CARE West Bank and Gaza (WBG) has been active in relief and development since 1948. Throughout the years, our programs have evolved from the direct provision of services into a program that meets the humanitarian needs of civilians and builds their capacity to sustain their livelihoods.
CARE has field offices in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, implementing programs for the Palestinian communities in health, agriculture and livelihoods, water and sanitation, civil society strengthening, and emergency relief. CARE WBG works to ensure that the projects delivered benefit both men and women, particularly those who are poor, vulnerable, marginalized and isolated.
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Marah Zahalka: Speed Sister
Marah Zahalka, CARE-sponsored member of the first female Palestinian motor racing team "Speed Sisters," recounts her struggles and triumphs to compete.
Bringing Hope Back to Life
Looking around her modest one-bedroom home currently under construction, Fadwa Hassan Al Shawaf notes, “On March 8, 2011, I was selected to participate in a project with CARE. I will never forget this date because it’s when I felt like I was alive again.”
The international community must urgently change its approach to Gaza and deliver on promises of reconstruction, 46 agencies said today in a new report on the lack of progress since last year's conflict.
Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza's recovery, many people are worse off and not a single one of the 19,000 destroyed homes has been rebuilt. 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools.
JERUSALEM—(October 9, 2014)-- Increased participation by Palestinian women is crucial to creating a process towards peacefully resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and bringing sustainable development to the West Bank and Gaza, according to international humanitarian organization CARE.
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JERUSALEM—(September 11, 2014)-- Forty-two Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
GAZA/JERUSALEM - While many families are still in great need of immediate humanitarian assistance, there is no time to waste to ensure that the people of Gaza aren’t trapped in a cycle of violence and aid-dependency.
A permanent cease fire by all sides and the lifting of the blockade are the necessary first steps towards a lasting peace benefitting all. CARE also calls for the aid provided to Palestinians not only to address urgent short term needs but also to incorporate longer term transformative assistance for sustainable livelihoods and self-reliance.
As many residents in Gaza marked a somber start to a three-day holiday that caps the month of Ramadan, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon once again renewed his callsfor leaders in Israel and the Gaza Strip to agree to a humanitarian pause in fighting.
Three weeks of violence have left many parts of the Gaza Strip in ruins. More than 1,000 Gaza residents have been killed and more than 6,000 injured. Israel has lost 43 soldiers and three civilians.
UPDATE - August 5: We’ve been responding on the ground providing medical services to civilians affected by the crisis. With the 72-hour cease fire announced this morning, we hope to reach more people through mobile health clinics.
CARE Focusing on Women and Children Caught in Gaza Fighting
Aid workers from the humanitarian aid agency CARE are warning of the colossal strain on medical services and hospitals in Gaza as the violence there continues. Hospitals are being used as places of refuge with people sleeping on the floors and corridors. The continuing bombardment is preventing urgent medical supplies from entering Gaza.
Jerusalem — CARE and its partners are preparing to provide emergency mobile health teams to serve people affected by the violence in Gaza. Needs are particularly high for pregnant women and for those who can’t travel to hospitals or medical clinics. Pregnant women are traveling to hospitals in the midst of the bombing to get medical support, while other people are unable or unwilling to leave their houses for anything other than life-threatening injuries.
Military actions by all parties must stop. Since 2009, history has shown that military operations have failed to bring peace and security for people in Gaza and in Israel. Over the years we have repeatedly called for ceasefires and for all sides to protect civilians from harm. Sadly, these ceasefires have not lasted and we have had to revert back to life-saving relief and emergency programs, aiding innocent people to cope with the trauma, and rebuilding Gaza time and time again.