Palestine (West Bank/Gaza)
Since the 1980s, Mercy Corps has helped Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza with critical services, empowering them to build a better future. Our programs strive to meet basic needs in a safe and dignified way while seeking out lasting solutions to chronic problems.
Mercy Corps is currently ensuring Gazans have safe access to clean water by installing desalination plants and community piping networks, and developing a certification system for private water providers.
Mercy Corps recognizes the untapped potential of Gaza’s highly educated youth. We believe that consistent access to high-speed internet has strong potential to connect youth to jobs, despite movement restrictions on people and goods that hamper the Gazan economy. As a result, in 2011, Mercy Corps founded Gaza Sky Geeks in cooperation with Google.org. Today Gaza Sky Geeks is the lead co-working space, startup accelerator, and technology education hub in Gaza. We bring together online freelancers, outsourcers, and startup founders together under one roof to share ideas, learn, innovate, code, and geek out. In 2019, Gaza Sky Geeks expanded to the West Bank. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of our activities were moved entirely online.. To learn more about Gaza Sky Geeks, please visit gazaskygeeks.com.
We are helping small businesses, particularly in the agriculture sector, cope with the impacts of COVID-19 and survive this period so they can employ vulnerable individuals and supply vital products.