Amos Trust

Creating Hope with Young People in Gaza

Children and young people in Gaza have lived through three major conflicts, face massive restrictions on their movement and feel despair for the future. Help us create hope by funding play therapy, counselling and practical employment skills.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1164234)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£40,000

Amount raised

£47,954

Donations

205

Championed by Friends of the Reed Foundation

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

  • In Gaza I cannot dream of my children’s futures. I cannot have hope for what they will do. The life they will live. Each year is worse. If I think of my children’s future it is too much. I am too sad.That is why I believe in NECC, because we have to give young people hope.

    — Mahmoud Youth Training Programme Manager NECC

  • I love Gaza. My family are here, my friends are here. We have the sea and beautiful sunsets. We are so welcoming and such friendly people. I just wish things were easier. That we had the chance to enjoy a normal life like everyone else.

    — Irena, 17 yr old, secretarial student at NECC

  • For me personally it's all about the people at Amos Trust. As a Palestinain I see the groundwork they do and it makes me want to be even more involved in Amos Trust

    — Sami Tamimi, executive chef, author and co-founder Ottolenghi

  • Amos Trust is a different kind of charity. Having grown up in Israel and seen so much of the trouble, it is really important that organisations see what is actually happening and try to improve the situation. The younger generation are so important, you plant a seed now and it grows into the future.

    — Yotam Ottolenghi, restaurateur, chef, author and co-founder Ottolenghi

Situation

In 2012 the UN said Gaza would be uninhabitable by 2020. Today 80% of families rely on food aid, 97% of water is undrinkable, there are power cuts 12 hours a day & before Covid 19's impact over 60% of young adults were unemployed. The borders have been closed for 13 years, locking 2 million people into a 26 x 5 mile strip of land. It is estimated that 25,000 children & young people have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) having seen friends & family shot or injured & need therapeutic support.

Solution

Our local partner in Gaza, NECC, runs play therapy sessions for children.They also train young people with employment skills & provide individual & group therapy. Boys unable to stay in school are trained in metalwork and carpentry; over 18s learn electrical engineering & solar power installation. Young women learn secretarial skills or attend Gaza‘s first graphic design course. They receive extensive work experience, mentoring into employment and can apply for microloans for business start-ups.