One of Near East Council of Churches’ core
activities is the Psycho social Program
which seeks to help children develop into healthy, productive adults. The
well-being of children requires attention to all areas of their growth
needs: physical (health, nutrition), social, cognitive, emotional and
spiritual. Children’s health and nutrition determine whether their physical and
mental development is normal which influences their psychological health.
A depressed child may lose his/her appetite and stop eating, and may be prone
to more illnesses. Our program addresses basic needs of children for health and
normal development. However, it is not only the minimum package of services we
place around children, but also the way in which those services are delivered.
We believe that talking about “good enough mothering” for a child or adolescent
to achieve healthy development, and shore up their ability to cope and recover
from adversity; that’s why NECC’s psychosocial program targets the whole family
, epically women, mothers and their children.
The program was originally launched in 2009
after the offensive “Cast Lead Operation” against Gaza Strip, to enhance the
capacities and skills of young psychosocial specialists and social workers. So,
those specialists and social workers will play an active and vibrant role to
reduce the stress and trauma of the Palestinian families, they will become
human rights defenders and advocators for child rights and protection.
At the beginning there was no solid design
strategic plan for this program, effective monitoring and evaluation tools and
reporting mechanism, as it merged as an emergency need. The next year we
utilized an effective strategy that fulfilled the gaps revealed previously in
relation to certain indicators.
Even the period of launching this program is
short but it proved its importance through the successful and positive impact
of the initiatives and projects undertaken under its umbrella, due to the
necessity need of such activities.
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
To contribute in developing and enhancing the
psychosocial health for our beneficiaries (children, mothers, females, male and
female students, parents) .
1- To provide psychosocial support for the mothers and
children who constantly visit the family caring centers and the residents
around the centers.
2-To provide psychosocial support for the male and female
vocational training center students and their parents.
3-To enhance and improve the capacity of the specialists
working under the umbrella of the psychosocial program.
4-To enhance the coordination and cooperation mechanism
between the specialized organizations on how to provide adequate services for
Children, mothers, male and female students and
their parents, NECC staff, females living around the centers.
Shija’yah, Daraj and Rafah.
Types of activities:
Psychological support sessions, home visits,
awareness sessions, recreational and educational activities, providing gifts,
milk and biscuits, implementing community based interventions projects,
counseling, group guiding, emotional discharge courses for the staff, capacity
building, referral mechanism, exchange knowledge and experiences,
preparing questionnaires to evaluate the program.