2017 GLOBAL: Israel and Palestine 

This year’s global project support the Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) or/and the Orthodox initiative. These projects were selected by women that traveled to Israel and Palestine in the 2015 Woman to Woman Journey.

Department of Service for Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) is a unit of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC). The DSPR reflects the Christian core values in its witness to foster and advance socio-economic conditions of Palestinian refugees to improve living conditions and realize basic human rights.  The DSPR works toward its vision of a Palestinian society which guarantees pluralism and equal opportunities for all its citizens based on justice, equality of rights, opportunities, and freedom.  The DSPR provides services for Palestinian refugees, such as education, health services, improving water access and vocational training in Gaza, the West Bank, Nazareth, Jordan, and Lebanon.

In Beirut, Lebanon, the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide delegates visited the Shatilla refugee camp and a branch of the DSPR, the Joint Christian Committee for Social Service in Lebanon (JCC).  JCC provides valuable vocational training and counselling for Palestinian refugee families in Lebanon.  Women and families can gain training in computer maintenance and repair, administrative skills, and hairdressing through the JCC center. The JCC center at the Shatilla refugee camp also offers a variety of programs to provide education and training, including nursery and kindergarten programs, tutoring for students, a weekly social program for elderly women, and literacy classes for women.