Promoting the Partnership, a Norwegian Delegation from the Norwegian People’s Aid and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) visited the PCDCR

A Norwegian delegation from the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Norwegian Union of Municipal and General Employees (NUMGE) represented by Ms. Silvia Ostberg Morales, Country Director of NPA, Mr. Finn Erick Thoresen, Chairman of NPA, Ms. Kathrine Raadim, Director, International Programme Department, Mr. Stein Guldbrandsen, Executive Board Member of NUMGE  and number of employees visited the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution where they met Mr. Saed Al Magadma, Director General, Mr. Eyad Abu Hjair, Head of Gaza Branch and Vice President, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, Projects Manager, and number of the Center employees. The visit took place at the Center’s headquarter in Gaza city.

This visit comes as a part of promoting the strategic partnership between both parties which started since 2007 and continued till now. The delegation made a visit to some of the Center’s activities and met with the beneficiaries of the project services which is funded by NUMGE. Moreover, the delegation represented by Director of NPA in Palestine praised the strategic relationship between both parties emphasizing on their appreciation for the services provided by PCDCR in the field of Women Competing Violence. 

On his turn, Mr. Saed Al Magadma showed his appreciation for this partnership which is based on the participatory relationship between both parties not only on the funding concept.    

The visit which lasted for 5 hours finished by meeting the delegation with a group of activist youth who presented their views of the Palestinian youth cases generally. In addition, the delegation met with a number of ladies beneficiaries from the project services.

Furthermore, Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi highlighted his view for the future relationship with the NPA assuring on the extended relationship connecting between both parties especially NPA staff in Gaza city who provides a continuous and great cooperation with the Center’s staff. At the end of this visit, souvenirs, with a patriotic style of the Palestinian heritage, are distributed to both parties.

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The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution held many Introductory Meetings for “Steps towards Change” Project

 The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution held many introductory meetings with many youth groups within “Steps towards Change” project which is implemented in partnership with the Norwegian People Aid (NPA). This project aims at supporting and empowering the marginalized groups including women and youth in Gaza Strip and West Bank through promoting gender equality in Fair Political Participation and Social Accountability for claiming their rights. Those meetings took place at the PCDCR headquarter in Gaza city.

Mrs. Samer Hamad,  the Advocacy Specialist started the meetings by providing a deep explanation for the project idea, goals and the expected activities implemented in the coming stage. Mrs. Hamad assured the importance of  women and youth participation in the political and social fields in claiming their right to freedom of expression and freedom of association.

On his turn Mr. Abed Al Monem Al Tahrawi, the Project Coordinator presented the project activities which  include: forming an activist youth collation in the political and social fields to claim theirs right in freedom of expression and freedom of association. In addition to implementing many training courses about the social accountability and citizenship and implementing many training courses for the activists ladies in the social field to develop their political participation, presentation and negotiation skills.

Mr. Al Tahrawi highlighted that this project comes within the strategic extended partnership with the Norwegian People Aid since more than 8 years and it’ll continue with in this project for 4 coming years. Through this partnership, both parties will work on promoting  integrity values and social accountability principles.

It’s worth to mention that many meeting will be conducted with many youth groups during the coming week in the West Bank complementing the first stage of the project.
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Training course within the project “Advancing Social Accountability”

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution implemented a training course to develop and hone the skills of young people, equip them with many basic skills that will qualify them to be engaged in social accountability within the Ministry of Local Government.

The training course, part of the project “Advancing Social Accountability”, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, included 100 young people. This project is  a considerable and unique step in which the young people will cooperate with municipalities and PCDCR, focusing on some social issues and providing solutions according to the points of view of citizens and municipality.

The idea of the program came from the center’s vision of the positive role of young people as a strategic partner in planning and work to develop performance and keep up with reformative policies of the local government sector through exerting all the efforts to achieve the project’s goals.

 

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PCDCR hold AGM

On Thursday, 21,07,2016 the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution has conducted its annual general assembly meeting with attendance of (2) representatives of ministry of national economy and (18) general assembly member in Gaza, Nablus, & Hebron.

During the meeting, the representative of ministry of national economy Mrs. Dima Al- Shawa  announced the completion of the quorum for the meeting. Hence ,  Mr. Ashraf Abu Nada the  chairman of the Board of directors headed the meeting and explained meeting’s agenda, that included approval of the annual managerial report(2015), the financial & auditing  report (2015), and annual budget(2016). Besides, The appointment of the external auditor for the center, and exemption of BoDs members from legal liability in 2015.

After discussion and ratification of the previous items by GA members, the attendees  were satisfied about the center performance and its ability to outreach for the most vulnerable groups in Palestinian territories during 2015.

The resumption of the Project “Psychosocial support for children in an emergency situation”

PCDCR in partnership with Save Children resumes psychological and social support for children , awareness sessions for parents sessions , Caregivers and individual counseling within the project “Psychosocial support for children in an emergency situation.” which aims to protect and improve the mental state for the target group in all of the most vulnerable areas of the Gaza Strip.

Setting up the summer camp for children with disabilities in PCDCR

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution opened ” the summer camp for children with disabilities” in partnership with Save the Children on Sunday 7TH July 2016 in Dolphin Resort ” Let’s play .. Let’s have fun ” , which aims to improve access opportunities to the protection and health services for children with disabilities in the Gaza Strip , The camps targeted six areas of the camp in Gaza strip which is one of the most frailty areas. The number of participants in the camp is 165 boys and girls are children with disabilities ,and 135 are hale, and the age group is ” 9-14 years” and the camp will continue for a whole month, this camp is one of the best camps for this year in that it includes recreational , sports activities and a variety of other activities in order to promote active participation , development , reintegrate of this group in society and also provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to engage in the normal life and provide an opportunity for the hale children to identify children with disabilities up close and appreciate their problems and help them to cope with the difficulties of life in order to promote their right to play and integration in the community through the merger to promote a positive feeling for the children and that children with disabilities exist in society ” affects and is affected ” , and displaces a lot of ideas and impressions about himself that may be acquired it in the isolation .

Rania

Rania, a ten- year old girl, is characterized with innocence, beauty and quietness. During the last war on Gaza in 2014, Rania’s right hand has been seriously injured, negatively affecting the movement of her hand. This made her suffer from mental disorder such as having nightmares and screaming once she hears the rain sound. It was noticed that she had a weak educational attainment and became more violent with her siblings. She has not been received enough attention to get her out from isolation, fear, shyness and violence state.

 

Rania has been chosen in the project “ Psychological social support for children in emergency case”, where she has been able to get benefit from several activities of protecting and improving the psychological state for children in the Gaza Strip. At the beginning of the project, she was introvert and was always preferring not to communicate with other female students. This project has been working on getting Rania out of solitude and shyness through implementing several activities related to the management of psychological stress. These activities include field visits, dialogue session, individual and collective guidance, relaxation exercises, self- discovery, and self- healing. In addition, the project has provided some advice regarding how to deal with others, play sports, fill her time with useful things to her study and future, believe in fate and destiny, and overcome difficulties to achieve the goal she aspires to.

 

Day by day, Rania started overcoming the barrier of shyness and loneliness and making friends. Getting more involved in class activities and getting higher marks than those of the pre- test have been clearly observed. The girl has become more optimistic ,active and initiative and believed in positive change.

Began the psychosocial support sessions for children in case of emergency

The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution in partnership with Save the Children org. Roll-out many of the activities and events that includes psychosocial support sessions for children and awareness raising for parents and what the consequent of permanent monitoring and evaluation process that is reflected in a positive way on the children’s rights , Within the project  ” Psychosocial support for children in emergency cases ” that it aims to protect and improve the mental state with the most vulnerable in the target group in all areas of the Gaza Strip.

The weakest faith

Dear candles please burn, Illuminate the darkness of our long night, The darkness of the blockade, the division and ignorance, But please don’t burn our children!

Question and exclamation marks are increasing among gazans whose lives in darkness for over eight years, Power outage crisis left a disaster, Known as ” candles children ” they are victims of children who die by drowning or asphyxiation as a result of ignite candles for lighting instead of the power supply which the gazans house doesn’t see it more than 8 hours daily in the better situation.

Friday evening ,  sixth of May 2016 , Mohammed Abu Hindi who lives in the beach camp  West of Gaza – didn’t know he and his children going to be the new victim for a fire caused by a candle which the mom light it in children’s room to illuminate it , It wasn’t  the first incident , It was preceded by a similar scene, two children died of Habil family and another ; Duheir family which completely ruled after a fire broke out in the house which spent six ; They are the father, mother and four children the oldest ages didn’t exceed 6 years .

Yousra (three years), Rahaf (two years), Tamer (two months) sons of Mohamed Abu Hindi burned to death Iin a scene is the toughest since the beginning of the current year due to fire flared up in his house in the night , The story began when the mother placed a candle on a plastic body to illuminate the darkness of the graves to her children in which the family lives without knowing it is the night of the Last dinner , Caught fire at the beginning in the children’s room and it killed three , wounded another and  survived a single child , and others suffered from suffocation .

More than 25 people burned to death or suffocation in the last five years – All of them are children – due the voltage supply crisis in the Gaza Strip and each time happens this type of accidents the people be angry and moves in anger and call is for an end to power crisis that have been worsening and neutralize this file away from the internal political dividing , In this context there is a question : If the three children incident of Abu Hindi family will be the last? Or is the Strip on a date with another charred bodies?! Is there a temporary alternatives it can be activated to help in control the electricity crisis instead of recriminations between the parties of the crisis and the electricity distribution company?

The death of the three children ” burned to death ” and others injured , one of them a boy come back to raises the electricity crisis case strongly in Gazan society which lacks the basic necessities of life with tight siege has been increased pace after the Israeli attack in June / 2014 and political division have a long life to detract from the age of Gazans and their children because of the large number of problems and crises.

When Mr. Haniyeh with his white hat blame Israeli occupation and the government in Ramallah , Is Mr. Haniyeh asked himself he bear a part of the responsibility ? Or the smoke of their bodies didn’t reach to his robe ?!

And when we hear that Mr. Abbas refuses to supply the gas to the gas station which has purchased from occupation and when the occupation insists to bluegrass tax To extend these miserable electricity station with industrial diesel , Does Mr. Abbas asked himself if he care about a branch from his nation ?! Or is he involved his friend Rabin in his wishes if sea swallow it !

Mr. Abbas must come out and give us a convincing answer or Or that the people of Gaza are the forgotten Category?!

Where are your tears Mr.Hamdallah when you have visited Gaza , Or are these tears have Petrified and dried and your eyes be helplessness to see the truth and be generous with ten thousand shekels and Ext-treatment !

We are in the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution we express our strong indignation because of losing our children victims that due to lack of power supply crisis and we are aware of the seriousness of the continuing of power outages crisis , We emphasize that the continuation of the political divide will bring more suffering and victims and reduces the level of the services which provided to citizen who often missing from the basic rights that help him to survive and thrive .

 

 

Training the ” Alliance Group” for monitoring and documenting child rights violations in Gaza strip

Today began the implementation of the training program to improve the capacity of the “Alliance group” for monitoring and documenting child rights violations within the activities and events of the project ” protect my right ” and that is reflected on the indeed of children’s rights which paves the way for the initiatives during the next six months, the first day discussed democracy and components and measuring the extent of the application on the Palestinian reality.

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