Project information

The Women of Palestine

Empowering women and girls in Palestine. Supporting them access breast cancer screening and breaking the taboo around this issue, empowering them with the right to live without constant fear and worry for their children: for their safety, for their future and for their health.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Amos Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    Palestine is a traditional conservative society within which there has been a considerable reluctance for women to disclose their concern over breast cancer and seek early diagnosis. Social stigma is a prevalent issue, & lack of awareness only compounds women's fears. This is driven by a reluctance to be diagnosed by a male doctor & a concern that following mastectomy she will be rejected & her husband would take another wife (under pressure from his family). Empowering women means change.

    Solution

    Amos Trust supports Al Ahli hospital which provides a much needed breast screening programme for the women of Gaza, the screening service also provides community based education which works with men to break the taboo surrounding breast cancer.
    The hospital runs malnutrition programs for their children.

    In the West Bank we work with Holy Land Trust rebuilding demolished homes as well as providing women’s empowerment training courses helping women redefine their future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Facilitate early Breast Cancer diagnosis.

    Activities

    » Screen 1000 women in 12 months, and outreach education work about breast cancer in 12 communities in Gaza - reaching men and women.

    We have been working with Al Ahli, Anglican Hospital in Gaza for 20 years and they meet our due diligence check. We receive reports of progress and carry out monitoring visits.


    Aim 2

    Rebuilding a demolished home

    Activities

    » A group of Amos Trust volunteers will support local tradesmen and a family to rebuild their home.

    In April 2017 a team of volunteers will rebuild a families home through our partner on the ground The Holy Land Trust, who provide progress reports and we will visit routinely.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our organisation's goals are to support creative, vibrant, grassroots partners in Israel and Palestine achieve peace and equal rights for everyone who calls the Holy Land Home.
    We will demonstrate this by using creative campaigns including The Big Give to raise the issue of human rights to more people in the UK and around the world empowering them to speak out and campaign.

    Risk

    If war breaks out or unrest increases in the Middle East which may make the community based project difficult to deliver. We have a strong relationship with our partners and perform regular due diligence against their overall work and specific project devilry and outcomes. They each have contingency plans in place for such eventualities and keep us abreast of their actions in such circumstances.

    Reporting

    We will share our trip reports and updates from partners including case studies and in-depth stories of change from beneficiaries. Also a fortnightly news (opt in) with more updates, a three times a year newsletter and our social media channels which have bite size updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £86,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £21,000 2 community health educators To work with 12 communities and encourage 1000 women for screening
      £60,200 Building materials &resources Materials & resources for the healthcare educators and building materials for home rebuild
      £5,000 Governance & M&E Amos Trust costs which oversees admin, due diligence & monitoring

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    James Tudor Foundation £5,000 Conditional
    ALMT £5,000 Conditional
  • Background

    Location

    Gaza is a narrow strip of land, 25 miles long and 3-7 miles wide. It has a population of 1.8 million of which 1.2 million are registered refugees, 51% are under 18, 60% are unemployed and 70% rely on food aid. The impact of 3 major conflicts in five years have caused massive levels of destruction, injuries and loss of life, and this has had a devastating impact, on children and young people.

    Beneficiaries

    Beneficiaries are two fold: Firstly by raising awareness in the UK of the impact of the situation women face at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives and to call for an end of the blockade in Gaza. The second is by ensuring that women’s right to access essential health care is realised by providing support for community education and awareness raising so that women have access to early & effective screening.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Amos Trust have a strong track record of project delivery and have worked with our partners in Israel and Palestine for 20 years. And a strong record of delivering projects including managing significant grants from Comic Relief.
    We have successfully taken groups of 30 UK volunteers to rebuild 2 demolished homes previously and recently film crews into Palestine and Israel and UK artists & musicians to perform at Bet Lahem Live festival co-organised with our partner in Palestine.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Azey Siddiqui

    Fundraising Manager, will secure pledges from Major Donors and trusts. Also will gather stories and updates from our partners to present to donors.

    Nick Welsh

    Communications Manager, will be responsible for producing materials and publicity to Amos supporters.

    Chris Rose

    Director, will be responsible for implementing the project and performing due diligence and checks also speaking to/giving updates to major donors.

    Katie Hagley

    Communities and Engagement Manager will be responsible for gaining support from Amos supporters to donate to The Christmas appeal.

“Screening is so simple and so effective - if we can work with women so that they can identify breast cancer early we can treat it. We need to make screening normal for women and change traditional attitudes. At the moment too many die."

Director of Al Ahli hospital, Suhaila Tarazi