Affiliates in the Middle East
Our HelpAge Network Affiliates in the Middle East is based in:
El-Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation
El-Wedad Society for Community Rehabilitation (WSCR) is a nonprofit NGO based in the Gaza Strip and registered with the Ministry of Interior. Established in March 2000, they provide psychosocial services and educational rehabilitation to local communities. They work with children, women, young and older people to provide them with quality services including training, counseling and guidance.
El-Wedad has collaborated with HelpAge International since 2009 to provide psychosocial support for older people. They have also worked on other joint projects including:
- Improving older people's wellbeing and independence in Shatee Refugee Camp through psychosocial and mobility support.
- Advocating older people's rights through the Age Demands Action campaign.
- Strengthening civil society to reduce the poverty of vulnerable older people in the occupied Palestinian territories.
WSCR became the first HelpAge International Affiliate in the Middle East in October 2011.
Palestinian Center for Communication & Development Strategies
Palestinian Center for Communication & Development Strategies (PCCDS) is a civil non-profit Palestinian organisation. It was founded in 2009 by a group of young activists in development, democracy, and human rights in Hebron. The aim is to empower disadvantaged families socially, politically, and economically and to promote the concepts of democracy, social justice, non-violence and human rights among the target groups which includes children, women and older people.
PCCDS is a very strong and active organisation working in several sectors including health, psychosocial wellbeing, income generation (livelihood). Furthermore, PCCDS has strong links with local authorities and media and advocate for the rights of beneficiaries and the wider group of forgotten vulnerable people such as older people.
Among other things, PCCDS is running a human rights programme which includes awareness raising among older people in local communities on their rights to health welfare.
They are also leading the ADA campaign in Hebron and led campaign activities in October 2011, April 2012 and October 2012.
PCCDS has been an active partner of HelpAge International in the West Bank since April 2011 and became an Affiliate of the HelpAge Global Network in March 2013.