Central South Hebron

Central South Hebron's Community News

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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 villages of Central South Hebron are among the poorest in the West Bank.  Around 25,000 people call this area home and more than 40 per cent are children.  As a result of many years under occupation and division, life is difficult.  Large families live in crowded houses without access to proper sanitation and hygiene.

Families have trouble tending land and hot, dry conditions plus a lack of water makes farming a challenge. More than a third of families don’t have enough food. Unemployment is high and children often work to help their families. Schools are in poor condition and on cold winter days, children don’t attend.  In some areas, children must walk long distances to even get to school. Children need safe places to play and are sometimes exposed to violence and abuse.
Child Protection
  • 10 individuals passed their training to become a Go Baby Go facilitator
  • 1247 people educated in child protection initiatives
  • 29  parents better understand the harmful impact of physical discipline on children, so more boys and girls can be raised in safer and happier homes.
  • 346 children are participating in extra-curricular activities focused on psycho-social support
  • 5 education staff were trained on psycho-social support 
  • 5 child protection awareness or reporting violations initiatives were conducted by specialized posting
  • 1 teacher trainer provided education on improved teaching skills 
  • 5 parent or caregiver group facilitators were trained in World Vision's Learning Roots parenting approach
  • 4 children are enjoying improved quality of education and life skills development
  • 80  preschool-aged girls and boys are enrolled in early education, so they can be better prepared to enter primary school.
  • 35  parents and caregivers attended training in early childhood education and development, guiding them on how to support their young child's growth.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019 in partnership with other World Vision offices.
Health Care
To improve the health of pregnant mothers and children in Central South Hebron, World Vision will:
  • Conduct awareness sessions in homes, schools and the community on positive health and nutrition practices
  • Train Community Health Workers on maternal, newborn and child health practices to improve their well-being
  • Work with the Ministry of Health to provide health services and assistance for children with disabilities

To help children in the community enjoy quality education, World Vision will work with partners to:
  • Support the community in rehabilitating classrooms and providing books and furniture
  • Train teachers on improved methods, especially for kindergarten age and disabled students
  • Deliver training and tools so that extracurricular activities can run outside of the classroom

Economic Development

To help create economic opportunities for youth, women and heads of poor households, World Vision will work to:
  • Support youth internships and conduct awareness sessions in the community to increase youth’s skills
  • Mobilize youth and women to develop Community Based Organizations based on community needs
  • Support small businesses and income generating projects through practical training to increase employability of women and youth
  • 45.1% of children could read and understand the material by grade 3 in 2017 increasing from 27.1% in 2016.
  • 87.0% of children under 5 years old with presumed pneumonia were taken to appropriate health provider in 2017 increasing from 55.8% in 2016, increasing their chances of recovery
Results of World Vision Canada's evaluation in Central South Hebron, Jerusalem West Bank Gaza in 2017

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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 Central South Hebron

Health Care
The environment in Central South Hebron is a threat to people’s health.  Wastewater is channelled into open streams, polluting the land and water and sewage is disposed of in open streams. Garbage is either burned in open spaces or dumped outside the village. Children under age five suffer from high rates of anemia and a quarter of are malnourished. Health clinics lack supplies and services are poor. 
Mothers and caregivers need better information on how to properly feed and care for children and themselves. Special focus should be given to pregnant mothers and children under age two so mothers can learn about healthy practices during pregnancy, exclusive breast feeding, proper hygiene and how to prevent and treat illness.  Community members also need education on harmful traditional practices and their impact on children’s health. 

Because of the high population of children in Central South Hebron, there are not enough schools to accommodate the ever-increasing number of students. Existing schools are broken down and many do not have proper hygiene and water facilities. Up to 15% of the population cannot read or write. The Ministry of Education is working to upgrade teachers’ skills, however, there is still a need for more training. 
There are few kindergartens in the community and teachers are not specialized in early childhood development. Many of the schools lack the capacity to educate children with special needs. Most youth have no access to recreational programs and spend the majority of their time at home. Although youth clubs exist, they are poorly managed and equipped.
Economic Development

Because of low crop yields, most families depend on livestock rearing which is severely affected by poor soil conditions and lack of water.  
Parents struggle to earn a living and the community’s location near Israeli settlements and the separation wall only worsens the situation. Just under half of working-age people are employed. Additionally, new application criteria has made it difficult for community members to get a valid work permit. Children are often expected to work in small family businesses or in building block factories.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Central South Hebron,  is in Phase 1

PHASE 1: Building the foundation

With local leaders, we assess the community's needs and resources, plan projects to provide long term solutions. Sponsorship and development opportunities begin.