Human Supporters Association is implementing psycho-educational and psycho-social projects in Nablus.
Human Supporters Association’s mission is to empower, mobilize, and serve the local community with a special focus on children, youth, and women. The aim is to teach them how to become proactive in their own society in a positive, productive manner, and to pave the way for future community leaders with a self-critical approach. Our mission is to help Nablus’ traumatised children and youth developing, thanks to treatment or adequate help. This group provides treatments with psychological support. Our objective is therefore to help affected people and reintegrate them back into society giving children, youth, and women equal opportunities to have an impact on their society. In addition, we strive to build a tolerable society and eradicate discrimination against social classes, as well as gender and religious inequality.
The main project is psychological and education support for children in Nablus and social meetings for their families, as well a capacity building for the educators and the local team about education practices, tools, learnings and strategy.
Operational details & security context
The Nablus District, in the northern West Bank, includes three refugee camps, eight towns and 43 villages and its home to approximately 316.000 people, 39.7% of whom are children aged 15 or below. Nablus, its main town, has been for centuries one of the main Palestinian cultural and commercial centres.
School facilities across Palestine suffer from deteriorated classrooms and facilities. It is difficult to maintain or develop safe, engaging and healthy educational services. In addition to this, in Nablus the average number of children per classroom is 28 in urban/rural areas and 33 in refugee camps. As a consequence, quality of teaching is very low and students complain of teachers’ insufficient knowledge of subjects, boredom related to rote memorization, dictation and recitation as teaching techniques, teachers’ lack of communication skills, the scarcity of academic, career and psychological counsellors and a lack of extracurricular activities. Teachers are either not trained or not enabled to pay enough attention to all students; hence, children with challenges (that can be caused by a number of factors, including traumatic experiences, harsh housing/family conditions, learning difficulties or health problems) are often not detected or not properly followed. Furthermore, the city, the camps and many of the small villages in the area lack safe public places for children and youth, and, despite their talents and natural aspirations, youngsters have very limited opportunities to invest in after-school leisure activities, which would enhance their sense of cultural identity and belonging, and are torn between their dreams for the future and the scarcity of services and spaces addressed to them.
Palestine is a very low-risk area for international volunteers, although this can change depending on the specific local context. But in most cases, it will not influence the safety of the volunteer during its deployment.