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December 3, 2018

Brighter days for children in Gaza

This year, Deutsche Bank’s Middle East Foundation has partnered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide psychosocial support to Gaza’s children through UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Programme.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 which aims to provide assistance and protection to some 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA across its five fields of operation. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

The main objective of the five-month project sponsored by Deutsche Bank’s Middle East Foundation is to protect Palestine refugees from the effects of the ongoing conflict through the provision of mental health assistance and awareness-raising. The activities range from provision of psychosocial support to children in UNRWA schools – on an individual basis and in the form of group counselling -, awareness sessions with parents and special school initiatives addressing students’ psychosocial well-being, which helps enhance their life skills.

“Following drastic funding cuts, the community mental health programme has had to be adjusted in scope, and the counsellors are since October 2018 working on a part time basis. The Deutsche Bank contribution is helping us maintain this service” - Matthias Schmale -UNRWA Director Gaza.

The project aims to reach over 8,000 children with psychosocial support from three school-based counsellors, reducing the impact of the children’s stressors and enhancing their coping skills to minimize any future psychological issues.



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