West Jenin

West Jenin's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The community of West Jenin is located in the northern part of the West Bank region. People here have experienced significant violence in the last 60 years, due to the unresolved political situation. Most families make their living off the land and almost two-thirds of the cultivated land is covered with olive trees. Rains come only between December and February.

World Vision has worked to help people in West Jenin and the surrounding area since 1975. However, construction of the Separation Barrier has made life more difficult for people, reducing arable land, limiting water access, and closing the large Israeli market to farmers and other workers. As a result, poverty and unemployment are growing at a pace that threatens to destroy the region’s already fragile economy.
Child Protection
  • 17 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 8 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 9 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 9,967 children participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 9,967 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 1 life skills club is giving children and youth a safe space to develop new things and have fun
  • 18 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 31 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 31 young people are participating in clubs focused on developing practical life skills to prepare them for the future
  • 200 parents learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 4 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 25 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

Explore West Jenin

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in West Jenin

  • 13.4% of children under 5 years old received correct management of diarrhoea when it was needed in 2017 significantly increasing from 5.6% in 2016.
  • 88.9% of children under 5 years old with presumed pneumonia were taken to appropriate health provider in 2017 significantly increasing from 78.3% in 2016, increasing their chances of recovery
Statistically significant whereby Type-I error is less than 5%    Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in West Jenin, Jerusalem West Bank Gaza in 2017
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There are not enough school buildings in West Jenin to accommodate the number of children in the community. Existing buildings are small and in poor repair, and some areas of the community do not have schools at all. 

While families traditionally value education, the difficult political situation has weakened their resolve to encourage and help their children in their studies. As children’s academic performance declines, many children drop out of school altogether and never gain the skills they need to build a life out of poverty.

Health Care

Chronic illness is a major concern in West Jenin. Existing health care centres in the community are understaffed and undersupplied, and most areas have no clinic at all.


A lack of suitable farmland and reliance on inefficient farming techniques means that many families in West Jenin are unable to provide regular, nutritious meals for their children.

Water and Sanitation

In some areas of West Jenin, families have access to just 30 litres of water a day for household and agricultural use, which is well below the 100 litre international standard. Water is supplied to most neighbourhoods through ageing water systems with leaky, rusting pipes. Some families have no access to a water system at all, and must buy expensive water from tanker trucks.

Drinking dirty water exposes children to waterborne illnesses, and water scarcity causes families to reduce consumption, which adversely affects personal hygiene.

Economic Development

Farmers in some areas of the community lost their livelihoods when their land was expropriated to build the security barrier. Some now have less than the minimum .06 hectares of cultivated land per capita required to support their families, according to local government standards. 

The border closure also resulted in immediate job loss for labourers who worked in Israel, and has seriously disrupted all travel and commerce. As a result, the unemployment rate stands at 33%.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

West Jenin in Jerusalem, West Bank, Gaza is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.