Israel and The Palestinian Territories
Finn Church Aid (FCA) works with children, youth and women in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
In the West Bank, FCA supports women’s agricultural livelihoods in Qalqilya through the local organisation Economic and Social Development Center (ESDC). In 2016, more than 200 women received technical agricultural and business and entrepreneurship training in order to make their farming activities commercially profitable.
After the training, farmer households have started adopting environmentally and economically sustainable farming practices. The project also supports community-based structures working to promote sustainable agriculture in the West Bank. In 2017, women have been mobilised into village savings and loans associations, which helps them build trust among each other, encourage them to save money and take loans in order to expand their micro businesses, cover their needs, and save money for their children’s education. The groups have strengthened social cohesion in those villages.
FCA provides psychosocial support for vulnerable children in East Jerusalem through music and drama activities, and pairs up the children with young adult mentors as role models. The goal of the project, implemented by the Palestinian Counseling Center (PCC) is to support vulnerable children, present to them a positive role model, allow them to express themselves in a safe space and atmosphere, and improve their academic performance and behavior.
In 2016, the country program reached 1 651 people (851 women, 850 men).
FCA also supports the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme EAPPI, an international programme of the World Council of Churches. The goal of the programme is to demonstrate international solidarity towards local churches and Palestinian and Israeli peace activists and to offer protection by presence. The programme sends volunteer observers to monitor the human rights situation in the area and report on any possible violations. The EAPPI programme seeks to ensure that human rights and international humanitarian treaties are respected in the area.