Near East Council of Churches /DSPR-Gaza
Area Committee is part of the Department of Service to the Palestine Refugees
(DSPR). The DSPR is a department of the Middle East Council of Churches. NECCCRW
Gaza is an integral part of the Palestinian Society and culture and operates
with support from the churches, ecumenical and secular organizations. The
committee is formed of 12 committed and dedicated members of both genders who
are appointed by the heads of the churches; of the respective families forming
the four family members of MECC on equal church representation. NECCCRW Gaza
Committee was founded in 1952 launching a humanitarian program to assist
Palestinians who took refuge in Gaza Strip following Israel's establishment in
1948. NECCCRW has focused then on the provision of humanitarian aid and
contributing to an overall improvement in living conditions and to poverty
alleviation. Its work has rested on respecting the humanity and dignity of
those whom it helps and on adherence to clear transparency and accountability
standards. NECC supports the Palestinian people through six key areas: Health (Maternal and Child Primary Health Care),
Technical Vocational Education and training
(Empowering Youth Economic Status), Educational Loans for university
students, Psychosocial Support for children, mothers, and students to cope with
the negative impact of Gaza Violence, Emergency Relief projects including cash
Relief and Job Creation initiatives, Advocacy policies and activities shared
with the community, and community Development program.
Society where people receive adequate health and educational services and enjoy
better quality of life.
NECCCRW is a
Palestinian ecumenical church-related organization aims at strengthening and
empowerment of the Palestinian community in the Gaza Strip by providing
educational and health services and contingency assistance regardless of faith,
color, gender, political affiliation or geographical locality.
Work sectors of NECC in Gaza Strip:
are supported through 91 technical staff (51% females, and 49% males)
Access to Quality Health Care:
NECC has been
operating health services in the Gaza strip since 1952 and currently runs three
primary health care clinics in Shijaia, Darraj and Kherbet al Adas neighborhoods
supporting a population of more than 160,000 people. Necc clinics have a
primary focus on child and maternal health care (ante and post-natal care,
well-baby clinics as well as providing general practitioner services,
laboratory testing, pharmacy and dental services and psychosocial care.
Livelihood and Trade:
vocational courses to approximately 205 trainees of both genders who have
successfully completed the preparatory cycle (i.e. 8th grade).The 3- year
course leads to a MOL licensed diploma (in vocational skills such as metal and aluminum work, carpentry,
and furniture painting to school dropout
boys aged 14-16 years old. The NECC also has a 2 year course in Qararah,
khanyounis, offering training in general electrical skills and motor and
transformer rewinding to young men between16 and 23 years old. The NECC provides
11 month courses in vocational skills for women,
mainly in secretarial studies and English Language (including office management
and computer skills) to females who successfully finished high secondary
school, and dress making to women has at least the knowledge to read and write.
opportunities addresses needy students to complete their university education
by providing interest-free loans to students to pay university fees that can be
renewed every academic year.
its welfare and Relief program since 1952, to provide assistance to needy
people. The program aims at providing emergency assistance to alleviate the
impact of emergency situations when required. It helps targeted Palestinians to
attain cash for work “temporary jobs”, cash relief for one time to secure food,
medicine, daily needs, health and PSS.
This program is
concerned with promoting social justice, empowering communities and advocating
the rights of civilians particularly refugees to live in dignity, respecting human rights, ensuring access to
health and education services and so on.
NECC works at two fronts; internally promoting an empowerment culture
and externally advocating the rights of the Palestinians at the internal
Community Development Program:
communities to implement projects aimed at improving the conditions of their
environment. It assists other NGOs in
implementing projects through the support for providing facilities and supplies
towards the implementation of minor infrastructural projects. It also promotes youth activities, schools
and kindergartens through the provision of products manufactured by VTC
trainees and graduates.
Cooperative: Graduates of the Dressmaking Center jointly operate a
self-supporting, income generating cooperative producing anything from
children's clothes to wedding gowns.
Sewing Center: Women, mostly widowed and often the sole income generators of
their families, work for NECCCRW sewing pieces for internal use (uniforms,
curtains …etc) and external distribution.
psychosocial program started after 2008 Cast Lead Operation war on Gaza, it
targets the whole family, especially women, mothers and their children. The
program focused on the Palestinian families through the health centers,
vocational centers, secretarial center, advance dress making center, NECC staff
and cooperation and coordination with relevant organizations.