Promote peaceful and productive futures for those who are marginalized — women, people with disabilities and youth. Help families recover from emergencies and ultimately achieve economic security, especially by empowering young people to use software and Internet technologies to connect with the global market.
The Gaza Strip, home to 1.8 million people, has been under a blockade since 2007, which has paralyzed its economy and led to severe shortages of water, electricity, food and fuel. According to the U.N., at least 80 percent of the population is dependent on external assistance.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency food and supplies to families displaced by crisis. We're on the ground providing aid during the current conflict and have responded to flooding in December 2013, the Israel-Hamas conflict in 2008-09, and border closures in 2005
- Children & Youth: Providing educational mentoring, one-on-one tutoring and psychosocial support for young people, who make up half the population
- Economic opportunity: Expanding employment opportunities, especially in the internet technology sector, by providing training, networking opportunities and seed funding for startups
All stories about West Bank and Gaza
West Bank and Gaza: Recognizing our common humanity through photos September 10, 2009
For two days now, we've hand-carried photo frames from Israel's border to the Gaza Strip, walking through a long silent tunnel and crossing a high cement wall. We've gotten got ten frames into Gaza for the photo exhibition; 20 more to go.
West Bank and Gaza: CNN's 'generation Islam' puts youth in the lead August 17, 2009
West Bank and Gaza: What We’re Doing in Gaza July 23, 2009
Since the Jan. 18 ceasefire, some humanitarian goods and workers have entered Gaza. Hospitals and power plants are functioning at reduced levels, but basic needs — including food, shelter and access to clean water and sanitation — remain at critical levels.
West Bank and Gaza: Aid delivery reaches Gaza January 8, 2009
Cassandra Nelson on a recent visit to the West Bank.
West Bank and Gaza: Connections To Crisis January 7, 2009
When Cara Van Goder-Lasof's students returned to school from winter break, she had some sad news for them. One of the students from Gaza that they'd gotten to know over the previous months was dead.
West Bank and Gaza: Youth Voices from Gaza January 6, 2009
West Bank and Gaza: Work in Gaza Continues Amid Closure December 8, 2008
West Bank and Gaza: Sports for Life October 15, 2008
West Bank and Gaza: A Fresco in Gaza August 22, 2008
It came to no surprise to those who know him that the evening after he joined a young couple in Holy Matrimony in Seattle, Father Bruno Segatta traded in his priestly vestments with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, shoved a ticket into a half-empty backpack and set off toward a much different desti
West Bank and Gaza: Restocking Hospital Closets in Gaza March 14, 2008
Rarely have deliveries of sheets and hospital gowns been so warmly received as in Gaza last month.