occupied Palestinian territory


Every day, like most teenagers, Amal walks to school. The difference - she has to cross a network of military checkpoints. Find out how she is pushing fear aside in pursuit of a better future...

“I know our situation is unlike any other. I claim my right to learn - no matter what.”

What We Do

War Child works in the most vulnerable areas of the occupied Palestinian territory. We collaborate with local expert NGOs, community-based organisations and government bodies to protect children from harm and support their psychosocial wellbeing.

Through our holistic and integrated approach, we work to improve access to mental health, remedial education and child protection services for conflict-affected children. We specifically target adolescent girls and children with trauma and focus on strategies to resolve interpersonal conflict.

We train community members - particularly young people and educators - to equip children with the skills to cope with life amidst violence and occupation. We also support parents and caregivers - strengthening their resilience and ability to provide nurturing family environments.

And whenever we see that children’s rights are violated - no matter by whom - we speak out, working closely with duty-bearers to prevent further violations.

Our Projects

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Our projects










  • No Place for a Child

    West Bank including East Jerusalem

    Through prevention, mitigation and rehabilitation activities, this key project works to protect Palestinian children who have been arrested and detained from torture and other forms of ill-treatment. Learn more

  • Palestinian Women & Girls Lead

    Multiple locations

    A unique initiative to improve the participation of women and girls in national decision-making processes while seeking to redress the persistent violation of Palestinian women’s fundamental rights.

  • A Better Future for Children in Area C

    Area C, West Bank

    War Child and partners support Palestinian children to access quality education, protection and mental health services in the communities most exposed to settler violence and harassment, home and school demolitions and forced displacement. Features our flagship psychosocial support methodology TeamUp as well as our Caregiver Support Intervention.

  • Emergency Response for Children Affected by Occupation and Violence

    Multiple locations

    Providing timely and relevant emergency assistance to children and communities in the immediate aftermath of an escalation in violence - be it a mass home demolition or military bombardment. Learn more

  • COVID-19 Emergency Response

    Multiple locations

    From hotline-based psychosocial support for caregivers to the delivery of food and remote education kits to children in lockdown, a multi-faceted response to the fresh crisis posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

  • Safe at School

    Area C, West Bank
    Supporting children who are at-risk of attacks by Israeli settlers and military to access school safely and enjoy an environment free from fear and violence. Includes our core interventions TeamUp and the Community Case Detection Tool. Using the tool, we train teachers and school counselors to identify children in need of mental health support and refer them to available services. Learn more

  • Gaza Emergency Response

    A Fast Aid response to the 2021 escalation in violence across Gaza. Includes psychological first aid as well as our TeamUp, Caregiver Support and Teaching Recovery Techniques interventions - all designed to help children and caregivers lower stress and process their trauma-related emotions. Learn more

Our Partners


Education Cannot Wait

Providing improved access to, quality, and relevance of education in Area C, Hebron, and East Jerusalem

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In partnership with UNICEF we implement the ECW-funded project for improved access to, quality, and relevance of education in Area C, Hebron and East Jerusalem (Phase II)

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Sahar Smoom is our Country Director in the occupied Palestinian territory. For programme and collaboration enquiries, please reach out below.