Our Stories

  • Mariam Al Zamly is a 20-year-old woman who lives with her 11 family members in Rafah city, Southern Gaza Strip. Mariam is now a third-year student at the faculty of Mechatronics Engineering at Al Azhar University of Gaza. She received a scholarship from Al-Fakhoora Programme in 2015, covering her tuition fees and providing her with training opportunities in advocacy and leadership.

  • Adding life to words – a voice from Gaza
    Oct 16, 2018

    SAWTI (my voice in Arabic) is an employment generation initiative launched by UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People to develop the skills and capacities of talented young graduates from the Gaza Strip to enter the labour market.

  • “Our home was considered a totally damaged one. It was about to be demolished when UNDP engineers decided it could be rehabilitated. This is how our story of hope began,” said Joma’a Dardona, one of the owners of four severely damaged flats located in a building at Al Tofah quarter, east of Gaza City.

  • Musa Abu Etaiwi is a 32 years old Gaza resident who graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza, with specialization in Basic Education. He is married and has four family members. Musa teaches third grade students. The classroom is crowded and has 49 students that he can barely attend to.

  • Mohammed Al Dalou is a 12-year-old smart and enthusiastic student at the sixth elementary grade in Shams Al Amal School for the Physically Disabled in Gaza. “Now, the school looks amazing. I just love the colourful walls, the new classrooms and the garden. Actually, everything at the school is inspiring"

  • “I had to leave school at the age of 12. At that time, schools in Gaza were not equipped with facilities that accommodate people with disabilities.With financial support from Al Fakhoora – Education Above ALL / Qatar, UNDP is implementing a USD 21 million programme to reconstruct and rehabilitate educational facilities damaged during the 2014 hostilities, and respond to the current deficit of classrooms in Gaza.

  • Sameer and his family are one of 500 families in Gaza who are benefiting from the Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Programme, a pilot scheme designed to lift families out of poverty rather than simply alleviate the effects of poverty.

  • Taghreed Abu Al Amarin is a 42-year-old housewife and a mother of nine children. Due to their harsh living conditions, Taghreed and her family were unable to sustain the rent and so their only option was to live in a tent; and so they did for six years.

  • The Gaza Strip is suffering from over 60% deficit in electrical power supply. UNDP, with funds from OFID, constructed solar cells in four schools in Gaza, in addition to two maternity clinics and a submersible pump for the Down Syndrome children society.

  • Palestinian women are being trained as informal mediators, helping negotiate and peacefully settle disputes.

  • Asma lived in Jabalia Camp in Gaza where she attempted to raise a family while trapped in a violent marriage. UNDP helped establish a network of legal aid providers in Gaza.

  • Heba Abdel-Jawad, is a 15 year old attending the tenth grade at Shohada’ Al-Maghazi school in Gaza. She is one of the best students in her school, with a GPA of 98%.Shohada’ Al-Maghazi school is one of the governmental schools that will benefit from the Right to Education Programme.

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