Annual Report 2014

Annual Report
Committed to Empowerment...
Foreword by the Chairman of the Board of Directors
I have always believed that, as Palestinians, we have no choice but to be hopeful. Ours is a story of
farmers, teachers, business owners, bedouins, refugees, of men and women, young and old—at
home and in the diaspora—who all share the same dream of living as free people with dignity. But,
beyond our hope that there are better days ahead, we believe that the future is ours to shape.
In that spirit, we are determined to build a state that is worthy of our people’s sacrifices and our
children’s promise, a state that advances values that are universally shared: tolerance, equality,
justice and human dignity. We want a state that derives its strength from its transformative potential
by unleashing new ideas and empowering its citizens to create positive realities on the ground.
This means building and equipping schools; providing access to new technologies that improve
agricultural productivity; investing in renewable energy to enhance sustainability; revitalizing historic
sites as a means of reclaiming our national heritage; and empowering the marginalized segments of our society by investing in
small and medium-sized enterprises that harness their productivity and lift them out of poverty.
In essence, not only do these initiatives cultivate ingenuity; they inspire a sense of possibility that stands in direct opposition to
the sense of hopelessness and despair precipitated by a seemingly endless occupation. By enabling us to see a state in the
making, they undercut the pervasive sentiment of defeatism that so often afflicts us. With that in mind, efforts must be focused
on empowering our people, particularly those living in areas that are most adversely affected by the occupation—especially
Jerusalem, Gaza, and the Jordan Valley—by working with them to develop and implement sustainable, community-based
initiatives to reinforce their steadfastness.
It is this fundamental principle—enduring, in spite of the occupation, to end it—that is the bedrock of Future for Palestine (FFP).
Since its founding in August 2013, FFP has implemented more than 100 development projects, with a focus on strengthening
the resilience and steadfastness of Palestinians in their homeland. FFP has spearheaded quality development interventions
in education, health, culture and the arts, agriculture and renewable energy, and implemented home repair and rehabilitation
projects in refugee camps. In August 2014, FFP launched “Stand for Palestine: Support Gaza,” a grassroots campaign for aid
relief to Gaza, which has paved the way for implementing important development interventions in Gaza in the coming year.
This report showcases FFP’s various projects and initiatives, and includes our audited financial statements for 2014. Spending
on projects totaled approximately $6.2 million, $1 million of which went to a renewable energy project aimed at reducing
electricity cost for the residents of the Old City of Jerusalem. As the largest alternative energy project to ever be implemented
in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, it reflects FFP’s forward-looking vision and the high empowerment content of its programs
and initiatives.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the generous support of the United Arab Emirates, whose commitment
to supporting FFP reflects a most noble and enduring commitment to Palestinian self-determination and regional peace and
stability. I am especially grateful for the allocation of an increasing portion of the Emirates Red Crescent’s generous assistance
program for various development projects in Palestine. I am also very grateful to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the
Czech Republic for their contribution to our development efforts, and I look forward to expanding our donor base in 2015.
I would be remiss were I not to extend my sincere gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to my FFP colleagues on the Board of
Directors and General Assembly for their dedication and commitment to FFP and to the furtherance of its objectives. I owe a
special thanks to our technical and administrative team for their hard work and professionalism, which have played a crucial
role in ensuring high levels of efficiency and effectiveness in managing FFP’s operations.
Last but not least, I would like to thank our development partners and the thousands of beneficiaries of FFP’s initiatives, who
provided valuable input, feedback and guidance on FFP’s priorities.
With full and abiding commitment to empowerment for Palestine,
Salam Fayyad
March 19, 2015
Board of Directors of “Future for Palestine”
Salam Fayyad
Khaled Al-Qawasmi
Chairman of the Board
Deputy Chairman
Abd Al-Qadir Al-Husseini
Mahmoud Abu Mwais
Majid Abu Ramadan
Janet Mikhail
Raji Zeidan
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Table of Contents
Areas of Operation of “Future for Palestine”
Organizational Structure
The so-called “Area C”
“Stand for Palestine, Support Gaza”
Palestinian Identity: Culture and the Arts
Social Sector
Agriculture Development
Marginalized and Most Affected Areas
Economic Empowerment
Renewable Energy
Financial Statements
Areas of Operation of Future for Palestine
Palestinian Identity:
Culture and Arts
Social Sector
Marginalized and
most Affected Areas
Renewable Energy
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Rehabilitation and furnishing of schools and higher education
Rehabilitation and equipping of vocational education institutions
Rehabilitation and furnishing of cultural centers
Supporting Culture and the Arts initiatives & activities
Rehabilitating and equipping health centers
Building and enhancing the educational environment of preschools
and kindergartens
Building and rehabilitating sports facilities
Enhancing services provided to senior citizens and people with
special needs
Empowering non-governmental organizations
Rehabilitation of water wells used for irrigation
Reclamation of farmland
Supporting animal husbandry development
Rehabilitation of homes
Supporting Infrastructure development
Enhancing humanitarian services
“Stand for Palestine, Support Gaza” Campaign
Providing equipment for small-scale projects
Empowering product-making NGOs
Empowering small- and medium-sized businesses
Enabling key educational and health institutions to utilize solar energy
Enabling marginalized areas to utilize solar energy
Enabling communities to connect to electricity supply network
Organizational Structure
“Future for Palestine” has, since it’s founding, striven to be pioneer in development and to be highly efficient in
management. To this end, FFP set up managerial and financial functions systems on the basis of high international
standards and best practice. FFP has adopted a system of internal financial control and appointed an external
international auditor to audit its accounts on a quarterly basis.
Moreover, FFP uses a modern financial system, an electronic archiving system, and a computerized system to
manage projects in order to ensure effectiveness. FFP has also developed a website where it posts projects and
initiatives, audited financial reports, and invitations for bids in order to ensure transparency.
To ensure cost-effectiveness, FFP has adopted hiring standards, that emphasize experience, competence, and
proven ability to achieve results. FFP has a ten-member staff team, including support staff. The organizational
structure of FFP ensures that the team communicates and cooperates easily for efficient, effective, and speedy
project implementation.
“Transparency and accountability are keys to management success. FFP has,
therefore, adopted a financial and managerial system consistent with high international
standards. FFP’s accounts are externally audited on a quarterly basis. FFP posts
audited financial reports on its website.”
Emile Said - Administration and Finance Manager
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2014: Our First Year
Renewable Energy
Economic Empowerment
Marginalized and Most Affected Areas
Agriculture Development
Social Sector
$ 2,8
$ 6,2
Palestinian Identity: Culture and the Arts
million spent in
East Jerusalem
Number of Projects
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The Crown Jewel
Al-Hassan II School, East Jerusalem
Edward Said National Conservatory of Music , East Jerusalem
Burj Al-Luqluq Social Center Society, East Jerusalem
Sewar Association, East Jerusalem
In view of the severe impact of the occupation authorities’ policies and practices on the Palestinian population of
East Jerusalem, FFP focuses efforts on strategic interventions designed to help bolster resilience in the face of
FFP interventions in East Jerusalem include six key sectors, namely, education, alternative energy, Palestinian
identity, civil society organizations, marginalized areas, and economic empowerment. FFP has so far spent
approximately US$ 2.8 million, or 45% of its total development expenditure in 2014, on development projects in
East Jerusalem and US$ 3.5 million, or 56% of the total expenditure, on development projects in the Jerusalem
Distribution of Projects Expenditure by Sector in East Jerusalem in 2014
2% 6%
Renewable Energy
Marginalized and most Affected Areas
Social Sector
Palestinian Identity
Economic Empowerment
FFP helped 5,000 households in the Old City of Jerusalem with their electricity bills. The cost of this intervention
was approximately US$ 1.6 million, including US$ 1 million paid for the first phase of the renewable energy project,
which was an endowment to help reduce cost of electricity, and US$ 600,000 to assist in paying electricity bills
before operating the solar energy project.
The education sector’s share of FFP’s development projects registered US$ 650,000, followed by the share of
NGOs’ sustainability projects and Palestinian identity protection projects.
Dar Al Hekma School, East Jerusalem
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Al-Hassan II School, East Jerusalem
FFP seeks to ensure more interventions in East Jerusalem in 2015 by investing more in solar energy, NGOs’
sustainability, Palestinian identity protection, empowerment of the private sector, and education.
“We will safeguard Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem by supporting Palestinian
institutions to function and enhancing the resilience of the Palestinian population of
East Jerusalem in the face of the policies of the occupation, which have isolated East
Jerusalem from it’s Palestinian surroundings.”
Mohammad Abd Al-Qadir Al-Husseini
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Faisial Husseini Foundation
Jerusalem Governorate Projects
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The so-called
“Area C”
An Integral Part of the
State of Palestine
Completed Projects of 2014
Ongoing Projects of 2015 in so-called “Area C”
so-called “Area C”, West Bank
Agriculture Development
30 Projects
Marginalized and most Affected Areas
5 Projects
Economic Empowerment
1 Project
Palestinian Identity
1 Project
The so-called “Area C” comprises 60% of the West Bank area. It stretches along the western border of the West
Bank and the Jordan Valley.
In addition to the severe adverse impact of the settlements and the Wall, “Area C”, which is mostly rural, is
subject to Israeli policies that impede Palestinian construction, access to basic services, farming and harvesting of
farmlands and the utilization of natural resources. More than 150,000 Palestinians live in “Area C”, mostly in small,
scattered localities, including bedouin localities where 35,000 people live and rely on raising livestock as their main
source of income. Palestinians living in “Area C” are constantly under threat of expulsion and house demolition.
Al-Khan Al-Ahmar
FFP tries to provide the population of “Area C”, especially at distant localities, with basic services such as water
and electricity. FFP helps farmers rehabilitate water wells and pursues socio-economic empowerment for bedouin
families. The total value of FFP’s projects implemented in “Area C” in 2014 was US$100,000.
Dardala, Turmus Ayya
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Moreover, FFP has allocated US$4.5 million for the implementation of vital projects in “Area C” in 2015. Hence,
FFP signed two cooperation agreements with the Emirates Red Crescent totaling six million dollars, which will
mostly be spent during the first half of 2015.
Rehabilitation of Ras Atiyi Water Well, Qalqilia
“Efforts must be doubled to enable farmers to rehabilitate water wells and use
electricity to operate them, which would reduce cost. We will reclaim more farmland.”
Ghasan Harami - Mayor of Jayoos
Projects in “Area C”:
Money Spent on Projects
$2.5 Million
Money to be Spent on Projects
7,000 +
Completed Projects
Ongoing Projects
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“Stand for Palestine,
Support Gaza”
“While being loving, merciful, and compassionate,
believers seem to be one body, which when one
of its organs is sick, the rest of it is sleepless and
feverish.” – Hadith Shareef
As a response to the effects of the Israeli offensive on Gaza in July and August 2014, FFP launched “Stand for
Palestine, Support Gaza” campaign and funded two relief programs; one for providing potable water and the other
for supporting displaced families.
FFP managed to provide Gaza shelters with 300,000 liters of potable water in total. The water was obtained
through FFP procurement of bottled water from manufacturers in the West Bank and through in-kind donations
by people in the West Bank. The water bottles were delivered to people at shelters in Gaza through the UNRWA.
“When we were forced out of Shuja’iyi, we had to drink seawater. Now we have fresh
water. Thank you for giving us fresh water.”
A Gaza child from the destroyed Shuja’iyi neighborhood
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“Karama (dignity) Family Solidarity” was an FFP campaign to provide cash aid to displaced people as well as
the families hosting displaced people, to cover expenditure on basic needs. FFP conducted this campaign in
partnership with ten local community organizations operating in the Gaza Strip. The organizations conducted field
research to produce lists of displaced and host families. Cash aid was sent to the families via local bank transfers.
FFP formed a committee to oversee the process in Gaza.
“I thank those who helped us and those who hosted us. I am thankful for the social
solidarity. I thank FFP very much and I respect it. May God bless you for your help and
support in this time of distress.”
Umm Izz, displaced lady who benefited from “Karama Family Solidarity”.
Donations from Beitin to Gaza
)FFP’s Stand for Palestine, Support Gaza campaign(
Bottled water for Gaza from Ramallah
“Stand for Palestine, Support Gaza” Campaign
Cash given
to each host family
Number of host families
15,000 +
Cash given
to each displaced person
Number of displaced people
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is Our Investment in the Future
Al-Hassan II School, East Jerusalem
Al-Hassan II School, East Jerusalem
Dar Al Hekma School, East Jerusalem
Bitunia Girls’ School
Industrial Islamic Orphans School, East Jerusalem
FFP works on education in East Jerusalem and other Palestinian towns and villages that lack or have weak
basic public education components. FFP’s strategic plan defines interventions in education to include building,
rehabilitation, maintenance, and furnishing of educational institutions.
Nour Al Quds School, East Jerusalem
Al-Khan Al-Ahmar School
Burj Al-Luqluq Social Center Society, East Jerusalem
FFP carried out 15 projects in 2014, including 10 projects in East Jerusalem, at a cost of US$600,000 in education.
This amount is 10% of FFP’s expenditure on projects. There are two ongoing projects in Nablus and Al-Far’a. They
will be completed in 2015.
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Distribution of Costs of Completed and Ongoing Projects
in Education in Palestinian Governorates in 2014
“We urgently needed a playground and a laboratory at the school, especially after the
Israeli authorities shut down our ground floor which contained computer and science
Salih Salah Al-Deen - Deputy Principal
Al-Hassan II School - East Jerusalem
The Next Phase in Education
FFP has completed the design work for rehabilitating six schools and vocational education institutions in East
Jerusalem at a cost of three million US dollars. FFP is currently working on securing funding for implementing these
projects in 2015. FFP also seeks to obtain a license for the Mawhubin (the talented) School in East Jerusalem.
Education Sector Projects:
$600,000 +
Money Spent
4,000 +
Number of Students
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Palestinian Identity:
Culture and the Arts
Building a future on strong foundations
to enrich the human civilization. We
are open-minded and self-confident.
Edward Said Institute, East Jerusalem
Sewar Association, East Jerusalem
Beit Anan Culture Center, East Jerusalem
Sewar Association, East Jerusalem
Beit Anan Cultural Center, East Jerusalem
FFP interventions in this area are twofold; build, rehabilitate and furnish cultural centers and support and empower
cultural and artistic activities.
FFP completed three projects of building, rehabilitating, and furnishing cultural centers. Two of the centers are
located in East Jerusalem. One center is located in Beit Anan in the Jerusalem governorate and was jointly
funded by the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. FFP also funded artistic performances,
festivals, and printing of books for 7 organizations, including three in East Jerusalem. The average cost of these
activities was six thousand dollars per organization.
“We thank FFP for building, rehabilitating, and furnishing the Cultural Center. We
also thank the donor countries of the UAE and the Netherlands for their support.
The project helps us preserve our cultural identity, which the occupation seeks to
Husam Al-Sheikh - Head of Beit Anan Cultural Center
Inauguration of Beit Anan Cultural Center
“The cultural component of development is very important… we are trying to assist
wherever possible in the Palestinian Territories, especially where the people are
Gilles Beschoor Plug
Head of Mission - Netherlands Representative Office in Palestine
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The total of FFP’s expenditure on Palestinian identity projects is US$470,000, or 7% of the total FFP’s expenditure
on projects.
Wadi Al-Sha’eer Festival, Anabta
Palestinian Identity Projects
$450,000 +
Money Spent
1,000 +
The Next Phase in Palestinian Identity
FFP seeks to ensure necessary funding for culture-enhancing projects in Palestine, including Faisal Husseini
Theater in East Jerusalem and Al-Quds Open University Theater in Bethlehem. FFP has the architectural designs
of the theatres ready; the total cost of these projects is two million dollars. FFP also seeks to rehabilitate the
centers of old towns and villages, which will cost $1.5 million.
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Social Sector
Palestinian NGOs are cornerstones
of resilience and service delivery
Al-Dahrieh International Stadium
Beit Al Noor Society, Beit Jala
Our Lady of Annunciation Roman Catholic Kindergarten, Jerusalem
Union of Cooperative Associations for Savings and Credit, Ramallah
Rawan Association for Child Development, Ramallah
FFP is involved in five subsectors of social and NGOs’ services, including rehabilitation and furnishing of service
organizations for better and sustainable service delivery. The total amount spent by FFP on projects in this area
in 2014 was US$750,000. The ongoing projects in this area are of a value of approximately $1 million. FFP’s
achievements in the five subsectors of social and NGOs’ services include:
Senior Citizens and People with Special Need
Sports and Youth
• Empowerment of Institutions
FFP implemented projects in 2014 to enhance the learning environment at ten kindergartens. FFP rehabilitated
and furnished these kindergartens. FFP is currently in the process of completing a new kindergarten in Dir AlGhsoon. FFP spent approximately US$0.5 million on kindergartens and seeks to secure funding to rehabilitate ten
more kindergartens, develop curricula for kindergartens, and train kindergarten teachers in 2015. The cost will be
Al-Hasad Kindergarten, Jerusalem
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Our Lady of Annunciation Roman Catholic Kindergarten,
Senior Citizens and People with Special Needs
Palestinian NGOs deliver social services to senior citizens and people with special needs. FFP works to upgrade
the offices of these NGOs and provide them with equipment to assist them and ensure their sustainability.
In 2014, FFP conducted six projects to rehabilitate buildings and facilities of NGOs that serve senior citizens and
people with special needs. The projects’ total cost was US$100,000. Moreover, FFP has allocated US$150,000
to fund ongoing projects in 2015.
FFP has also completed the designs and necessary tender documents to expand, rehabilitate, and furnish
five NGOs that work with senior citizens and people with special needs. Moreover, FFP has prepared tender
documents for using solar energy to generate electricity at these NGOs to further enhance their sustainability. The
total cost of these projects is US$1.5 million, which FFP seeks to raise.
House of Hope Society for the Blind & Disabled
Before the project was carried out
House of Hope Society for the Blind & Disabled
After the project was carried out
“Rawan Association for Child Development has a humanitarian mission. It seeks to
help children with special learning needs become responsible for themselves, their
families, their society, and their homeland. Children with special needs at Rawan
Association for Child Development have learning difficulties, attention deficit and
hyperactivity. With the right attention, they can overcome the psychological, social,
and academic difficulties.”
Salam Asya
Executive Director of Rawan Association Center
For Speech and Learning Difficulties, Ramallah
Rawan Association Center For Speech and Learning Difficulties, Ramallah
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In cooperation with the Czech Development Agency, FFP provided medical equipment to clinics in Kober and
Marj Ibin Amer, as well as to the Family Planning and Protection Society in Hebron. FFP also funded maintenance
and rehabilitation works at Beit Al-Noor Eye-care Center. . Beit Al-Noor delivers services through field visits in the
Bethlehem governorate mainly to school children and refugee camp residents.
The total cost of FFP’s health projects in 2014 was US$150,000.
“Furnishing the Kober clinic is a major step for enhancing primary care services in
Kober. Therefore, Kober village council wishes to extend sincere gratitude to FFP for
this support, which saves the village time and money.”
Aqil Al-Tuqz - Head of Kober Village Council
Marj Ibin Amer Clinic, Jenin
Beit Al Noor Society, Beit Jala
FFP seeks to raise funds to help improve the provision of healthcare services in rural and marginalized areas. This
will be achieved by rehabilitating and equipping healthcare centers and supporting their activities. The estimated
cost of the projects that are ready for implementation in the health sector by FFP is US$1.2 million.
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Sports and Youth
FFP develops facilities for sports and youth centers. In 2014, FFP implemented five sports and youth-related
projects. FFP is in the process of implementing phase one of building Al-Dahrieh International Stadium, which is
expected to be completed in April 2015. The total amount spent by FFP on sports and youth interventions totaled
approximately US$1 million.
FFP seeks to increase the revenues of sports and youth centers by providing them with income-generating
projects, which will enhance their sustainability and enable them to use the revenues to fund their activities. These
projects include rehabilitating and furnishing the Women Sports Center in Shu’fat refugee camp and the solar
energy project of the Children Center in Al-Amari refugee camp. These FFP projects and interventions in youth and
sports, including completing Al-Dahrieh International Stadium and other interventions at sports and youth centers,
are estimated to cost US$8 million. FFP will raise part of these funds in 2015.
Al-Dahrieh International Stadium before the project was carried out
Al-Dahrieh International Stadium under construction (project’s being carried out)
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Empowerment of Institutions
FFP is involved in capacity building of civil society organizations through a number of interventions. FFP implements
projects that enhance the work environment at these organizations in order to improve the quality of services they
deliver to beneficiaries. To this end, FFP furnishes civil society organizations with equipment and rehabilitates
their offices. In 2014, FFP provided these services to five civil society organizations at a cost of approximately
Women Beauty Training Center in Al-Ezariyi
Women Sports Center in Shu’fat
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“Economic empowerment of Palestinian families and institutions will help positively
change economic realities for individuals and for society as a whole through creating
new opportunities for income-generation, especially for marginalized people and new
graduates. This helps the Palestinian people become more resilient.”
Qassam Barghouthi - Empowerment Program Manager
Social Sector Projects:
$1,5 Million
Money Spent
25 +
Number of
Beneficiary NGOs
30 +
Future Outlook
FFP will continue implementing strategic projects in the social sector and will work constantly in partnership with
civil society organizations to assist them in implementing projects and extending their outreach to the largest
possible number of beneficiaries. Therefore, FFP will implement more projects that involve building and furnishing
10 kindergartens in Gaza and the West Bank. In 2015, FFP will initiate work on building and furnishing two
kindergartens at bedouin localities in Ezariyi in the Jerusalem governorate and in Nwi’mi in the Jericho governorate.
FFP will raise funds to implement five projects for the benefit of senior citizens and people with special needs. The
designs for these projects are ready. Their cost is estimated at US$1.5 million. FFP also completed preparation for
health sector projects at a value of US$1.2 million. Work will start once funds are raised.
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Palestinian farmers safeguard the
land; agriculture is key to resilience
Murooj Water Well, Qalqilia
Turning Pipes for Water Wells, Qalqilia
Renovating Water Pumps at Sofeen Well, Qalqilia
Sprouted Barley Fodder Sheds, Jericho
Farmland, Qalqilia
Agriculture is a main source of income for people in rural areas; it enhances people’s resilience and protects their
lands from expropriation for settlement construction. FFP conducted pilot projects in 2014 to guide and improve
its interventions in agriculture in 2015. The projects included the rehabilitation of irrigation water wells, support
for animal husbandry projects, and reclamation of farmland destroyed during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza.
Sprouted Barley Fodder Sheds, Jericho
The projects to rehabilitate irrigation water wells included the rehabilitation of the Murooj Well, which is located
behind the Wall and irrigates 250 dunums [a dunum is 1,000 square meters] of fruit trees belonging to approximately
40 farmers in Jayoos. The well was drilled in 1954 and has not been rehabilitated since. The rehabilitation included
installing a new pump, engine repair, and use of electricity instead of diesel to operate the well.
The rehabilitation of the Murooj Well took 28 days to complete. Now, its capacity is 90 cubic meters per hour,
compared to 36 cubic meters before the rehabilitation took place. Moreover, FFP has completed the rehabilitation
of an additional 25 water wells during the first four months of 2015.
Water Wells Rehabilitation, Qalqilia
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FFP developed experimental sprouted barley fodder sheds for bedouins in Jericho. This is an alternative option
for herders and cattle raisers to feed their livestock and overcome the high prices of animal feed. This has a major
impact on sustainability for cattle raisers. The work includes developing sheds for sprouted barley fodder at the
lowest prices and flexible designs to allow installation at bedouin areas. FFP also developed a training program to
teach cattle raisers to use sprouted barley fodder sheds to ensure even more sustainability.
“FFP’s projects include rehabilitation of irrigation water wells, providing cattle raisers
with sprouted barley fodder sheds, and reclaiming farmland. The objective is to
enhance competiveness of farmers and herders, strengthen their resilience and
resistance in the face of the Israeli settlements.”
Hani Kayed - Projects’ Director
Agriculture Sector Projects:
$650,000 +
Money Spent
2,000 +
Completed Projects
Ongoing Projects
Next Phase of Agriculture Sector Development
FFP will rehabilitate approximately 50 water wells used for agriculture irrigation and build 20 sprouted barley fodder
sheds for cattle raisers during 2015. This is in light of FFP’s successful experience in pilot projects in agriculture
development in 2014.
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and Most
Affected Areas
They shall not remain so
Ain Beit Al-Ma refugee camp, Nablus
Al-Aroob refugee camp
Tulkarem refugee camp
Ein Al-Sultan refugee camp, Jericho
Children Center in Al-Amari refugee camp
FFP’s interventions are focused on marginalized areas, including refugee camps, rural areas, and bedouin localities.
The interventions include housing of impoverished people, basic infrastructure development, and providing
bedouin localities with basic services. The following summarizes FFP’s interventions in marginalized and most
affected areas.
Shelter for the Impoverished
FFP has implemented phase one of its home renovation project. This phase covered 120 homes in 20 refugee
camps. In addition, FFP has refurbished three housing units at Al-Aqaba, and partly funded building a home
for an impoverished family in East Jerusalem, as well as provided for a home renovation in Silat Al-Harthiyi.
The total cost for phase 1 of FFP’s home renovation and refurbishment project reached US$780,000.
FFP is currently raising funds for phase 2 of the refugee camps home renovation project at an estimated cost
of US$1.5 million.
Home makeover at Ein Shams refugee camp, Tulkarem
“The home renovation program at refugee camps and areas under the threat of
settlement building and displacement aims to reduce the suffering and help the
needy. The program provides better and dignified living conditions and strengthens
steadfastness and resilience”
Yousef Alzamer - FFP’s Comptroller
Home makeover at Aqbit Jabir refugee camp, Jericho
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Infrastructure Services
FFP’s completed basic infrastructure projects in 2014 include the provision of water services to impoverished
areas in Ain Al-Dyook Al-Tihta in Jericho, the Tamoon water project, and Dardala water and electricity project.
Dardala is located to the north of Turmus Ayya. It is surrounded by settlements. FFP also rehabilitated Ezbet Abu
Basal, located to the west of Salfeet, and electrified it using solar energy. In addition, FFP implemented a jobcreation project in Bita.
Projects in Marginalized & Most Affected Areas:
$2 Million
Money Spent
120 +
Homes Renovated
The Next Phase
FFP will implement a comprehensive program to enhance humanitarian services to bedouin communities in
Palestine. The program is funded by the Emirates Red Crescent at a cost of US$2.2 million. The program includes
provision of basic infrastructure services such as electricity using solar energy, building schools and kindergartens,
health units, and tents. The program also covers economic empowerment of bedouin communities by providing
sprout barley fodder sheds and provides bedouin women with small production equipment. The program will be
implemented in 2015.
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Economic empowerment is
key to combating poverty
Products by Union of Cooperative Associations for Savings & Credit
Women Beauty Training Center in Al-Ezarieh
Sewing machines in Shu’fat
Women Sports Center in Shu’fat
School Cafeteria, Jama’een
FFP provides support to product-making NGOs, small businesses, and poor families as part of its economic
empowerment strategy to combat poverty. FFP spent a total of US$150,000 on economic empowerment
interventions in 2014. The following summarizes such interventions.
Product-making NGOs and Poor Families
FFP rehabilitated, refurbished, and provided equipment to six women NGOs operating in the areas of food and
product-making and in cosmetology. The total cost of this FFP intervention was approximately US$30,000.
Sewing machines at Qalandia refugee camp, East Jerusalem
Kitchen tools for Union of Cooperative Associations for
Saving and Credit, Salfeet
FFP provided 17 sewing machines to women heads of household in Qalandia, Aida, and Ain Beit Al-Ma refugee
camps. FFP also agreed with women NGOs at these refugee camps to provide training for these women and
assist in marketing their products.
FFP will raise funds to support 10 more product-making NGOs in 2015. The total cost of this intervention is
estimated at US$200,000.
“Socio-economic empowerment of Palestinian women at home and in the community
by enhancing vocational capacity to start income-generating businesses is among the
most important interventions to combat challenges and socio-economic difficulties
Palestinian families face. Socio-economic empowerment projects ensure stability
and decent living and reduce Palestinian communities’ dependence on contingency
However, project ideas must be carefully considered. Randomness,
favoritism, and funders’ conditions must be avoided. We are proud to extend
our appreciation to FFP for their support for projects with obvious economic and
development impacts.”
Randa Abid Rabu
Head of the Union of Cooperative Associations for Savings and Credit
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Private Sector
FFP carried out limited interventions in support of the private sector in 2014. Such support is important; however,
studies are required to maximize benefit to avoid falling into the constant need for exceptional funding. FFP’s
intervention in the private sector included renovation of three restaurants under threat of closure by the Israeli
authorities in East Jerusalem. These interventions cost a total of US$51,000.
Philadelphia Restaurant, East Jerusalem
Economic Empowerment Projects:
$150,000 +
Money Spent
500 +
Economic Empowerment in the Future
FFP has completed an initial study about microfinance in Palestine. The study identifies the obstacles and
challenges that face beneficiaries of ongoing microfinance programs to learn from them. Hence, FFP will develop
a microfinance program to finance businesses for the economically disadvantaged, new graduates, and the
unemployed. To this end, FFP will raise US$1.5 million for the microfinance program and for the provision of
training to approximately 250 small and micro businesses.
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We protect the environment and
benefit from modern technology
Solar energy electricity-generating station, endowment for the old city of Jerusalem
Ezbit Abu Basal, Salfeet
Arab American University, Jenin
Dardala, Turmus Ayya
Children Center in Al-Amari refugee camp
FFP believes that renewable energy can be used to achieve social and development objectives such as:
1. Ensure sustainability by reducing cost or increasing income.
2. Reduce electricity bill for poor households.
3. Support the needy university student fund.
“FFP seeks to benefit from the continuously advancing renewable energy technologies
to alleviate some of the financial burdens of Palestinian households and civil
institutions, to enhance their resilience.”
Ayman Kaloti - Renewable Energy Program Manager
FFP projects in 2014 included building the biggest solar energy electricity-generating station in the 1967-Occupied
Palestinian Territories. This endowment for the old city of Jerusalem helps 5,000 families reduce their electricity
bills. The station generates 710 kilowatts of electricity. It cost approximately US$1 million.
Solar energy electricity-generating station, endowment for the old city of Jerusalem
$1 Million
Homes benefiting
from endowment
Old city of Jerusalem
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FFP’s renewable energy projects include solar energy electricity-generating stations at Palestinian universities.
Phase one of the renewable energy station at the American Arab University in Jenin was completed at a cost
of US$100,000. Phase one of the Hebron University station is in the process of being completed at a cost of
US$375,000. FFP is currently preparing plans for the first phase of Birzeit University solar energy station to be
built in 2015. FFP and the various universities have agreed to allocate funds saved on electricity bills to the needy
student fund.
“This pioneering project is a distinct achievement for the Arab American University.
It is implemented in cooperation with our distinguished partners at FFP. This is a
major step forward; it is one of the major achievements of the University to be added
to its achievements in academic progress and quality of teaching methods and
development projects.”
Dr. Mahmoud Abu Mwais - President of the Arab American University
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Arab American University, Jenin
FFP also raises awareness among communities about the benefits of renewable energy in Palestine. During the
first year of operation, FFP conducted six projects for utilizing solar energy by institutions and needy households.
More than 20,000 people benefit from these projects, including university students. The total cost of these projects
is US$1.5 million. FFP constantly urges donors to support expanding the utilization of solar energy and encourage
investment in this vital area. This will benefit individuals and will enhance the competitiveness of institutions.
Renewable Energy Projects:
$1,5 Million
Money Spent
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20,000 +
“Utilization of alternative sources of electricity generation is an urgent need in light
of dependence on purchase of electricity from the Israel Electricity Company, which
controls prices, and the accumulation of Palestinian debts, and to reduce reliance on
Israeli companies.”
Hisham Al-Omari - Director General of Jerusalem District Electricity Company
Future Outlook
FFP is currently raising funds for phase two of the old city solar energy endowment at a cost of US$1.5 million.
According to a study by FFP in 2014, the cost of supplying main Palestinian universities and hospitals with solar
generated electric power will cost US$20 million. FFP will raise funds to implement part of the projects to supply
such energy. Moreover, FFP is working on developing solar energy programs for the various Palestinian towns to
ensure supply of electricity via solar energy to public facilities and NGOs.
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