The Ahl Campaign was implemented in accordance with national efforts to combat the consequences of the Coronavirus on the social and economic levels.
The Aims of the Ahl Campaign
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development—REFORM has concluded its Ahl Campaign, which it has implemented in accordance with national efforts to combat the consequences of the Coronavirus on the social and economic levels. This campaign aimed to maximize the developmental role of the Association and enhance its interventions that respond to the needs of the Palestinian public in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This was achieved by the distribution of food baskets to 336 families in need in different areas of the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.
The Project Coordinator, Rawan Sharqawi, indicated that the launch of the campaign came in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent complete cessation of various aspects of life, the most important of which was stopping the work of more than 453,000 Palestinian workers inside the Green Line and West Bank areas, including occupied Jerusalem. In turn, this contributed to the exposure of more Palestinian families to fall under the extreme poverty line.
The Importance of the Campaign
The Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs has announced that the number of families below the poverty line according to the cash assistance program is approximately (119) thousand, of which more than (44) thousand families are from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem. Moreover, it is expected that more than 100,000 new families will become below the extreme poverty line as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
The campaign was implemented with the participation of the Association’s beneficiaries from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, as the beneficiaries identified the families who are in need in their areas. In addition, an electronic registration form was published for families to register their data in order to facilitate communication with them and provide them with assistance.
The Association based its selection of the regions and beneficiaries for the campaign by focusing on the affected areas in cities, villages and camps, while giving priority to the Governorates of Tulkarem and Qalqilya to enhance the partnership of its youth groups in implementing community initiatives.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This campaign come as part of the “Civic Education as a Tool for Peace” project, which is implemented by the Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM. This project seeks to increase civic engagement and participation in decision-making processes by creating civic spaces and developing the capacities of young men and women within Palestinian governorates. These civic spaces will increase public participation and enhance the culture of accountability by launching numerous awareness campaigns through various media outlets and holding coordination meetings between youth and decision-makers to discuss issues and concerns. The project also aims to promote social harmony and democratic values through developing their capabilities to monitor and analyze public policies and preparing position papers that are in line with their communities’ needs. The project further empowers the youth to develop their skills and knowledge in civic engagement and discourse. This project is being implemented with funding from the Swiss Government (FDFA).