Social Challenges: Facts and Figures

With an underdeveloped infrastructure (housing, sanitation, education, health, social services) in addition to the lack of cultural services, children, youth, and women in East Jerusalem are left armless in the face of a loop of poverty, unemployment, and deteriorating social conditions. In 2017, more than 52,575 child and student and 6,239 women benefited from our projects.

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  • Poverty rate among Palestinian Jerusalemites exceeds 80%
  • Poverty line is estimated at an income of 1800 dollars/month
  • Unemployment rate among youth in East Jerusalem is almost 80%

Social Project

                                                                  Embrace, Empathize, Empower

Empowering Women of Al-Quds

She can’t complete her education due to poverty and lack of access to education; she marries at an early age and has 2 children. With the sharp increase in the unemployment rate, her husband is most of the time jobless. She struggles every day to make ends meet and often loses the battle against poverty. One day, she becomes the sole breadwinner in the family. Faced with unaffordable rent and high cost of living, she is forced to accept hard physical labor under abusive conditions. Poverty and malnutrition wears her down: she looks pale and exhausted all the time but cannot get access to proper healthcare. She takes hours moving in unfit, poorly structured roads, walks through garbage in the dumping ground located in East Jerusalem, near Abu Dis and Izariyya, till she  finally reaches the workplace for an underpaid, inhumane job, leaving her 2 kids at home while worry continues to cripple her mind and body. She tries to find daycare services for her children, but there is none in East Jerusalem. She likes sports and finds comfort in art and reading, but there is a lack of libraries and cultural centers; most are inaccessible for Palestinians. She is physically and psychologically destroyed and can find no support.


                                  She is almost every Palestinian woman in East Jerusalem.

Palestinian women in East Jerusalem are considered one of the most vulnerable groups. The rate of female unemployment not only is higher than that of men, but it has also been constantly increasing for almost 10 consecutive years, reaching 85%. Women in East Jerusalem face multilayered pressures of limited access to education, work and future prospects. Years of neglect had resulted in many obstacles that Palestinian women in East Jerusalem have to face such as the chronic lack of daycare centers and living far from public transportation, leaving women trapped in a cycle of poverty and unemployment. Even the few employed women would usually accept physical labor under inhumane conditions due to the lack of employment opportunities.


At Ummet Vakfi, we realize that empowering women means empowering societies. Supporting women is integral to our pursuit of providing better lives for Palestinian Jerusalemites. Only in 2017, through your help and support, 6,239 women benefited from our projects.

Through extensive research, we have designed projects that aim at qualifying, training, and empowering women in different sectors; supporting women that provide for their families; supporting women’s programs, activities, and micro projects, as well as providing psychological and social support.

Be the Hand that Lifts Future Fears off the Shoulders of Women in Al-Quds

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Empowering Children and Youth in Al-Quds

Although youth (aged 15-29) comprise 30% of the total Palestinian population, and all children and youth under the age of 29 comprise over 50% of the population, Palestinian youth and children remain largely disempowered especially in East Jerusalem.

With an underdeveloped infrastructure (housing, sanitation, education, health, social services) in addition to the lack of cultural services, sports facilities, and public parks, children and youth in East Jerusalem are left armless in the face of a loop of poverty, unemployment, and deteriorating social conditions.

Unemployment among young Palestinians has reached 45.4% in the third quarter of 2016, its highest level since 2014. Starting a family in Al-Quds under these extremely difficult circumstances is becoming an unachievable dream for young Palestinian Jerusalemites, adding to the frustrations that Palestinian youth in Al-Quds have to deal with.

Adding to the many impediments is the homes demolished: in 2017, 180 families were displaced (818 persons) in East Jerusalem; half of them are children. Children of Al-Quds are vulnerable to violence, abuse, malnutrition, psychological distress, and child labor (mainly to support their families).

At Ummet Vakfi, we are aiming at providing the younger and future generations with the tools that can help them jump over the many barriers to a brighter future: through well-planned projects targeting education, physical and mental health, employment, and infrastructure, we help empower the greatest asset to any society: children and youth.

In 2017, more than 52,575 child and student benefited from our programs and projects. Only through your support and contribution, we can help many more through our next 5-year plan that includes:

  • Supporting 1000 children without parental care
  • Providing social and psychological support to 10,000 children in Al-Quds
  • Supporting 100 child care centers
  • Supporting 1000 youth in starting a family
  • Creating 50 social reform panels
  • Supporting 10 co-ops in East Jerusalem

                                             Bring Hope to the Children and Youth in Al-Quds

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