Under Israeli military occupation since 1967, Palestinians suffer the daily violation of their rights. The continuous expansion of Israeli settlements, the wall, checkpoints, oblige them to heavy restrictions on mobility which increase the extreme difficulty of access to resources, employment and basic services.

Emblematic is the context of the refugee camps. The majority of the inhabitants of the camps were expelled from their villages by the Israeli army in 1948. During the war, Israel destroyed more than 500 Palestinian villages, giving rise to the refugee problem which now amount to 30% of the population in the West Bank and more than 50% in Gaza. To manage the problem, in 1949, the General Assembly of United Nations instituted UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Work Agency). Palestinian refugees are now over five million displaced in Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. With a growing population, refugee camps have dramatic levels of population density, inadequate schools and health services and an unemployment rate of almost 60%.

The situation is also dramatic for the Bedouin communities living in Area C in the West Bank, the territory under Israeli military and administrative control. Once nomadic, following the deportations, the Bedouin Palestinians lost the access to grazing, their main source of sustenance, and to water sources. They live in degraded areas and confined in decaying camps without water, electricity and services.

We chose to work in border and under conflict areas to state the basic rights of local communities. We create social micro-enterprises and support local artisans to fuel the economic sector. We build schools in bioclimatic architecture and invest in social and educational services to support a peace culture in the heart of the conflict.

Projects

The Children's Land

Umm Al Nasser is one of the most vulnerable communities, facing the lack of necessary goods, mass unemployment and isolation. It is the only Bedouin municipality of the Gaza Strip, located in the North close to the Eretz border and the Green Line, an area strongly affected by the last Israeli military operations Pillar of

The schools in the desert

The C Area territory is mostly occupied by colonies, marked by military roads, barriers, checkpoints. The schools are overcrowded and often teachers are not paid. The mere fact of being able to come to school in the morning is an adventure for many children and a conquest. A situation that causes a progressive discomfort and

Protection of Bedouin population

The future of a village is made at school, teaching women to read and write, ensuring basic services to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. Our commitment is to support the fundamental rights of the child and in particular the right to education of Bedouin Palestinian communities living in the villages of Wadi Abu Hindi,

The Bedouin oral tradition

In order to enhance Bedouin identity, in a place devastated by the conflict and the urbanization, narration and the rediscovery of nomadic roots are essential. In particular, the younger generations trapped in Area C by the separation wall and checkpoints, risk losing their heritage connected to nomadism and "tent culture", that distinguished Bedouin life for

Mobile Clinic

The construction of new buildings and renovations in Area C has always been a sensitive issue because of the Israeli strict regulations. As a result, the conditions of the Bedouin population living in Area C are characterized by permanent instability because of continued house demolitions by the Israeli army and the forced displacement of entire

Silver Tent

"Silver Tent" involves the Jahalin Bedouin communities of the desertic east area of Jerusalem and the village of Anata. Formerly nomadic, following decades of continuous expulsions, the Jahalin have lost access to land for pasture and, therefore, their main source of livelihood.

Peace Steps

"Peace Steps" is the development of the partnership made in previous years with the associations of the Shu'fat and Kalandia Refugee Camps. The project's objective is the development of the local communities, through the promotion of income generating activities and support to social and educational services for children.

Educational services in refugee camps

Vento di Terra organised and supported extracurricular activities in youth educational centers of Kalandia and Shu'fat Refugee Camps, near Jerusalem. In particular, these educational services cater to children between 6 and 14 years and their families, and promote through two teams of local educators many services.

Twinning between San Paolo and Makassed hospitals

Makassed Hospital is the only public structure in East Jerusalem and is an example of excellence for the whole West Bank. It is a reference for about 230 thousand people, and needs to increase and update skills, methodologies and resources. We promoted a partnership between Makassed Hospital and San Paolo Hospital in Milan, which provides

Child's Play

Italy and Palestine meet in a territory common to all cultures: game. Together with some Italian and Palestinian children, we realized workshops on games from Palestinian and Sardinian traditions and workshops on the main techniques of video storytelling.

Children from Kalandia’s WEB TV

Kalandia refugee camp is situated between Jerusalem and Ramallah, next to the Israeli checkpoint of the same name. It covers an area of ​​approximately 3.5 square kilometers. The official number of inhabitants is about 11,000, but thousands more not registered people must be added. The excessive population density causes inadequate services and lack of space

News

Tour of conferences about peace in the Middle East with rabbi Jeremy Milgrom

18 October 2017

With the presence of Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom in Italy, between 29 October and 8 November, Vento di Terra organizes and promotes a tour of conferences on the resistance of the Bedouin communities for the right to education in Palestine. An

The Zeina Women Center selected at the Festival of Peoples

9 October 2017

At 11 ° 15 ‘E of the Greenwich Meridian, east, runs Peters’s zero meridian map, the projection of the world representing the dimensions of the countries as directly proportional to their surfaces. That meridian, the longitudinal axis of a card

The light heart of Alhan al Ahmar

25 September 2017

The school is there, as a shelter for 170 children. We met them shortly after noon, while walking through the slopes of the neighbors hills to go home. The journey is full of obstacles and closely monitored by the paramilitary

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