Muslim Care started work in Gaza, Palestine in 2015, in partnership with Première Urgence Internationale, an international NGO working in 21 countries by 2,650 national staff, 145 foreign staff and 80 head office employees.
Muslim Care, funded together with the European Commission, commenced a project aiming at reducing the poverty and helping needy women and children in the Gaza Strip. We provided widows, separated and women-headed households with the “Cash for Work” program to learn new skills, and helped them to start their livelihood businesses. We also transformed the skills into production of school uniform for the needy children and established sewing workshops in marginalised communities.
The project aims to improve the self-reliance of vulnerable women and has:
- Strengthened innovation, employability, competitiveness and entrepreneurship skills of eight new graduate women in the Gaza Strip.
- Established one business centre and linked it to 2015 beneficiaries for fair access to market.
- Enabled 21 women to start a livelihood activity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The support went beyond the initial beneficiaries where another 80 women graduates benefited from business training sessions in business planning, management, marketing and sales.
The project resulted in:
- 48 vulnerable women generating income and gaining sewing skills. Some of them were able to pay their debts, cover medical expenses, purchase sewing machines or start their own small business.
- 4 sewing workshops were established in marginalized local community based organizations. Funded by Muslim Care.
- 1,200 disadvantaged children received school uniforms. Funded by European Commission and Muslim Care.