The Middle East
In the Middle East, FCA conducts development cooperation and provides humanitarian assistance in the Palestinian territories, Israel, Jordan and Syria. We are focusing particularly on helping Syrian refugees in the region.
We support Syrian refugees at the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps and surrounding host communities in Jordan. We are involved in providing youth and young adults with English and IT training as well as various professional skills training. We also provide young adults with recreational activities, such as sports and a circus school, which are intended to promote the psychosocial wellbeing of these young people who find themselves in a difficult situation.
In Syria we support food aid and education for internally displaced people through our partner International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). By supporting education we want to ensure that the children and youth can safely participate in school. Those who were forced to interrupt their education because of the war are offered remedial classes in order to get back on track.
Involvement is key
FCA supports civic education in the West Bank and Israel. Our work in Israel focuses on human rights training for young people in cooperation with Rabbis for Human Rights. In the West Bank, we support peace and democracy education for young people.
Our goal is to provide basic information on civil rights and responsibilities. Through these efforts, we strive to encourage local residents to act as responsible citizens and get involved in decision-making in their own community and, on a wider scale, in their own country.
In this way, we support non-violent, democratic development in nations where people, young people in particular, do not have much experience of involvement in decision-making, and where the local history is tainted with violence and conflicts.
Our work in Lebanon came to an end in 2015.
The EAPPI programme in the Palestinian territories
FCA supports the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme EAPPI, which is part of the international campaign of the World Council of Churches to end the occupation of Palestine. The goal of the programme is to demonstrate solidarity towards local churches as well as Palestinian and Israeli peace activists.
The EAPPI programme also seeks to ensure that human rights and international humanitarian treaties are respected in the area. The programme sends volunteer observers to monitor the human rights situation in the area and report on any possible violations.