Established in 1992, Defence for Children International, Palestine Section, is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. There are lots of children in Palestine! Almost 50 percent of the population are under the age of 18. In Gaza, about 5 percent of children aged 10 to 17 must work to support themselves and their families. The dropout rate in basic schools is significant. Palestinian children also live in high-risk situations. Many are held in detention, and of those in custody, 75 percent endure ill treatment according to international standards. Worsening unemployment and poverty across the West Bank and Gaza have forced large numbers of children into labour, placing many at risk of abuse and exploitation. On a daily basis Palestinian children face killing, detention, domestic violence, restrictions on movement, debilitating economic circumstances, and lack of access to services. Defence for Children International works with communities to change the circumstances of Palestinian children with direct interventions, legal counsel, social support, humanitarian efforts, and conferences and workshops that bring together communities to help their children. Thanks to our gifts for Mission and Service, Defence for Children International supports Palestinian children in realizing their dreams for education, a peaceful society, and a brighter future. Please continue to give and to fulfill dreams and seek justice.
Mighty and tender God, through our gifts for Mission and Service we respond to your call to mend the world.