Several international agencies are active in the Holy Land, supporting major projects and institutions. We concentrate instead on smaller, sustainable forms of support that quickly make a big difference to local Christian families, especially the most vulnerable. Our activities fall into five main categories: education, employment, family support, health, and housing, and we work in four geographical regions: the West Ban, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.
We provide ‘seed corn’ funding to help new businesses and to generate employment, particularly for young people. We import hand-crafted goods directly from the Holy Land for sale at modest cost in the UK to sustain Christian factory workers and we encourage the engagement of Christian owned hotels, restaurants and tour guides for pilgrimages to help support their Christian employees.
After careful and compassionate assessment by our locally engaged and professionally qualified staff, a struggling family enrolled on our family support programme will benefit from a regular financial supplement. Relative to UK standards the amounts are modest but the additional income makes a vitally important difference to the welfare of an impoverished Christian family.
There is no equivalent to the NHS in the West Bank and Gaza. We fund medicines, operations and hospital visits contributing to the treatment of the neediest Christians at hospitals such as St. Luke’s in Nablus.
The provision of adequate housing is vital to encourage a sustainable Christian presence in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. Our project work in housing is varied and includes house renovations to eradicate damp, the division of family homes into two units, refurbishments to suit mobility needs and water supply projects to help counter the impact of water shortages.