The Gaza economy faces a dramatic situation with a combination of unemployment, blockade, closures, and restrictions placed on workers, industries, goods and services. With unemployment in Gaza reaching alarmingly high levels (45,5%), the recent military operation has further paralyzed economic development, destroying much of the remaining productive resources, capital stock and employment opportunities. A huge portion of population (79,4%) is living below the poverty line (USD 2 per day) and receives humanitarian assistance. Women and youth are particularly affected: the unemployment rate of women registered in 2012 is 47%, and 58% for people between 20 and 24 years of age12.

In this contest, 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 Clouds (2012) and Protective Edge (2014). With a population of 5.000 people, 95% of them are registered as refugees and 60% are children. The unemployment rate among the Bedouin males and females of the community is extremely high, affecting the 80% of the population, almost double the regional average of the Strip.

In the condition of extreme poverty in which lies the village, the social and health situation is very serious. Malnutrition is in fact widespread and it negatively influences the physical development of children, already marked by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder syndrome (PTSD), concentration difficulties, learning and behavioral disorders.

In this dramatic context, the Children’s Land center offers children and their families an important support service, centered on the promotion of the few but important local resources, in terms of materials, human and relational resourses.

Important reference point for the whole community, the center offers not only services, but a beautiful, serene and dignified place where to meet, discuss, experiment. It is considered a regional laboratory for the promotion of good practices in the education sector , spreading in a difficult and dramatic context, the importance of working through innovative methods, a different possible approach to problem solving, overcoming the trauma, in full respect of the values and principles of the Bedouin tradition.

Projects

A participatory lab for community development

The action is focused on the reinforcement and institutionalization of the Children’s Land Center in the Bedouin village of Um Al Naser.The project is targeting Bedouin women, children and youth, living in the northern area, closed to the Buffer Zone. Income generating activities for women and youth will be implemented to reinforce the offer of

Nutrition and Health

Thanks to the construction and equipment of a new structure in bioclimatic architecture, a community kitchen was implemented, offering healthy, balanced meals to the local population and at the same time implementing activities to promote and raise awareness on the issues of nutrition and social health.

A pediatric clinic in Um al Nasser

In the last few years the health and environment conditions of the Um Al Naser Bedouin village are drastically worsened. Today, from the health point of view, the main problems are still linked to children, even infants. There are intestinal infections, diarrhea, amoeba, verminous, spread of infectious diseases, especially among children, and the proliferation of

Agriself

The project, which aims to increase and diversify agricultural production of Bedouin families of Um Al Nasser, is developed in connection with the nutrition service of the Children's Land center. Farmers at Um al Nasser repeatedly face problems related to the productivity of the land, because of issues related to the availability of water, and

Peace architecture for education in Gaza Strip

We responded to the call of the Bedouins from Gaza and to the request to carry out actions in favor of children of pre-school age. Um al Nasser village is located a few kilometers from the Eretz crossing and the border with Israel. This area, marked by Israeli military action in 2009, is next to

Updates

The EU celebrates the inauguration of Um Al-Nasser Women’s Center in Gaza

25 November 2015

“Hope and desire to improve your lives and those of your families are stronger than destruction. It is in this spirit that the work for the construction of the Women’s Centre started nine months ago and the European Union is

Finishing touches for the new Woman Center!

19 October 2015

In the early months of 2015, Vento di Terra began the construction of the first block of the Children’s Land: the new center for women, in bioclimatic architecture, will enable the development of social and income generation activities for women. In

Let’s keep friends! Talking about peace in the Children’s Land

10 April 2015

The destruction of the Children’s Land Center facilities during the events of the last military action against Gaza in the summer of 2014 took its toll on the children of the kindergarten in many ways: this was noticed in the

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