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Mission Statement

Vision Statement To provide youth and children in the Near East living in conflict zones or under conditions of deprivation with humanitarian relief, education, training, and recreational opportunities. Mission Statement Project Hope is a non-profit volunteer organization whose goal is to provide a participatory, educational space for war-affected children in the Near East. Committed to the principles of international humanitarian law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, our aim is support children denied access to basic services: by providing educational and recreational activities, medical and humanitarian relief and practical training that can empower them with hope and skills for the future. We aim to achieve these goals through an efficient, effective, accountable and participatory approach that focuses on child protection, with gender equality and advancement as an integral part of our mission. Objective #1 Children and Youth * To provide access to relevant quality education, vocational training and recreational activities for girls and boys affected by conflict and acute deprivation in targeted communities. * To focus programs to support war-affected children by providing a positive environment where children and youth can express themselves productively by encouraging them to become active participants in the program's design, implementation and evaluation. * To advocate for child protection and access to basic services through public awareness and policy dialogue. Objective #2 Gender Equality * To ensure girls and young women have equal access to the educational, vocational and recreational activities of the project. * To promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by enabling equal participation in needs assessment, design, development and implementation of the programs. * To provide equal opportunities and skills training for women to be actively involved in the management and implementation of the project. Objective 3 Capacity Development and Supporting Civil Society * To strengthen local project management capacity to ensure program sustainability. * To develop strong partnerships with local/international NGOs to strengthen coordination in development and humanitarian interventions. Objective 4 Project Accountability and Effective Project Management * To ensure good governance of the organization by transparent, accountable and timely monitoring and reporting of financial and project activities in compliance with legal obligations. * To fully integrate Results Based Management (RBM) in the management of all field projects from program design, implementation, monitoring and reporting. * To provide intercultural dialogue throughout the organization to foster continuous improvement and to ensure that the programs meet the needs of war-affected youth and communities.

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Project Hope is a non-profit volunteer organization currently working in Palestine. We support children denied access to basic services that every child needs in order to develop into healthy and well-balanced individual. We provide educational and recreational activities, medical and humanitarian relief and practical training that can empower with hope and skills for the future. In a nation where the majority of the population is age 18 or under, this makes our work all the more important. Through alternatives to violence we are improving both the physical and mental health of our participants. We provide a venue for them to express themselves positively, release frustration, develop skills, engage in dialogue and build hope for the future. Our daily programs include language classes, drama and art. Our educational and recreational activities are provided in partnership with existing and overwhelmed groups in the local community. In the spirit of cooperation and to save costs, we provide many different programs to the many different Palestinian organizations in need of activities. We do our utmost to keep costs low and do things efficiently. We do not want to waste money in a desperate environment where money should not be wasted. This is one reason why we prefer to use other organization's premises, and work in cooperation to create programs, pooling our resources together. If a building already exists and can be used to organize something, and a basic infrastructure exists there, we prefer to supply the programs and human resources. This has been a successful model. Project Hope focuses first on helping the regions worst affected by the violence. Currently, we are working in the Jayyous (approx. 3000 people) village region, Nablus city (approx. 250 000 people) and its nearby Askar (approx. 15 000) and Balata (approx. 22 000 people) Refugee Camps. These locations have suffered tremendously during the current intifada, but do not receive as much aid and support because they are so dangerous and difficult to work in. This is why Project Hope is so active there: because the situation is much worse relatively than in places like Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah and East Jerusalem, where a plethora of aid agencies exist. In Project Hope local Palestinians and Internationals work together. Local Palestinians and internationals have the opportunity to participate in our programs, or partake in the administration of the organization and lead our programs. We believe in Bottom-Up, not Top-Down, development. This means internationals act largely as assistants and we look for leadership on the community level. In this way we can better hear what the local problems are and make use of local innovation to solve them, while providing advice and know-how from outside. Project Hope is also a grassroots initiative to allow ordinary people to make a difference. In our work, we value everyone, whatever their creed, religion, sex, color or class background. We feel everyone can make a positive contribution to the lives of Palestinian youth, and want to give everyone we can such an opportunity. We are doing our best to help what is becoming a lost generation and hold on to hope for a healthy, vibrant Palestinian society. B. Background Information on the Second Intifada

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