West Bank

A group of concerned Americans and U.S. charities created Anera in 1968. Their mission: to get relief to Palestinians in the West Bank displaced by the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

Today, walls, checkpoints and land and building restrictions across the West Bank hinder the economy and limit Palestinians' access to land and water. With your support, Anera gives Palestinian refugees the resources to build public infrastructure, improve access to education, support livelihoods, and enhance water and sanitation services.

Life for Palestinians in the West Bank

In the 1990s, the West Bank separated into three sectors — Area A, Area B and Area C. Area C, which Israel administers, covers over 60 percent of the West Bank. An estimated 300,000 Palestinians live in 532 residential areas located partially or fully in Area C, along with some 400,000 Israeli settlers residing in approximately 230 settlements.

During their daily lives, Palestinians in the West Bank must navigate the walls and checkpoints dividing these three territories.

Agriculture lies at the heart of Palestinian livelihood, but divided land makes it difficult for farmers to grow and market their harvests. Farmers cannot access nearly one-fifth of available farmland in the West Bank. Because of this limited growing space, half of all West Bank farms have less than 2.5 acres. Transportation delays due to divided land also impede efficient farming.

Palestinians in the West Bank also have limited access to clean water and sewage treatment because of water aquifer restrictions. Families must often buy potable water brought in by trucks at expensive rates. Villages without water networks have to travel long distances to reach clean water sources.

The Situation for West Bank Refugees

As of February 2019, 846,465 registered Palestine refugees lived in the West Bank, making up approximately 15 percent of all Palestine refugees. About one-quarter of West Bank refugees live in UNRWA camps, while most of the remaining Palestinian refugees reside in West Bank towns and villages. Many of those who live in towns often reside near the camps.

Since registered refugees have different rights than West Bank citizens, they often have more challenges accessing jobs, land and education. This status can complicate their existing issues with agriculture and water.

Palestinian Refugee Camps in the West Bank

The West Bank has 19 recognized Palestine refugee camps — the highest of any region. However, these refugee camps tend to have smaller populations than other Palestinian camps located in Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan. Like refugee camps in other areas, West Bank camps face overcrowding and limited resources. The official 19 Palestinian refugee camps are:

  • Deir 'Ammar Camp
  • Qalandia Camp (preschool)
  • Am'ari camp
  • Tulkarem Camp
  • Balata Camp
  • Ein Beit Al Ma Camp
  • Shu'fat Camp
  • Nur Shams Camp
  • Dheisheh Camp
  • Fawwar Camp (Anera history)
  • Beit Jibrin Camp
  • Jalazone Camp
  • Aqabat Jaber Camp
  • Far'a Camp
  • Arroub Camp (playground)
  • Ein El Sultan Camp
  • Jenin Camp
  • Askar Camp (preschool)
  • Aida Camp

Over the course of 50+ years of our history, Anera has worked in practically every community across Palestine, including in the refugee camps of the West Bank. For instance, we built/renovated preschools and trained teachers in the Qalandia, Fawwar, Far'a, and Askar refugee camps. Anera's groundbreaking early childhood development program has provided a safe and vibrant learning experience for camp children and a healthy start for a future generation of Palestinians.

We've built a variety of community infrastructure in West Bank refugee camps, like playgrounds in the Arroub and Jenin camps, a wholesale produce market near the Tulkarem camp, and a water irrigation system in Ein El Sultan, which benefits hundreds of farmers.

Our medical aid program reaches clinics and hospitals in the most vulnerable West Bank communities, including the refugee camps. Recent deliveries of antibiotics, for instance went to the Fawwar and Balata camps, where doctors are able to prescribe the needed medicines at no cost to the patients.

WEST BANK GOVERNORATE MAP

Learn About Anera's Deep Roots in West Bank

Choose a governorate and click to learn more about Anera's work in that area.

Jenin

Current Projects

  • Delivering medicines to the Patient's Friends Society in Yabadt

Recent Projects

  • Installed a wastewater reuse irrigation system
  • Built rainwater drainage system in Jaba’a
  • Expanded the secondary school in Jalqamus

Learn more about our history and work in Jenin.

Tulkarem

Current Projects

  • Delivering medicines to the Palestine Red Crescent Society of Tulkarem

Recent Projects

  • Constructed six metal reservoirs on farms in Thinnabeh
  • Renovated the community park in Zeita
  • Built a new three-story girls' school in Qaffin

Learn more about our history and work in Tulkarem.

Tubas

Recent Projects

  • Renovated preschools in Aqaba, Al Far’a camp, Bardala and Ein El Beida
  • Built a new clinic in Atuf
  • Installed a rainwater drainage system in Tubas city

Learn more about our history and work in Tubas.

Jericho

Current Projects

  • Delivering medicines to the Jericho Government Hospital

Recent Projects

  • Constructed and furnished a youth center in Jericho
  • Renovated and trained the teachers at two preschools in Ouja

Learn more about our history and work in Jericho.

Nablus

Current Projects

  • Building a new preschool in Till
  • Delivering medicines in the Balata refugee camp

Recent Projects

  • Helped 50 women grow their small businesses
  • Built new preschools in Deir El Hatib, Bazzaria and Nassarieh

Learn more about our history and work in Nablus.

Salfit

Recent Projects

  • Renovated the preschool in Masha
  • Replaced water networks in Deir Ballut, Haris, Rafat and Zawiya
  • Installed cisterns serving small farmlands in Bidya

Learn more about our long history and work in Salfit.

Ramallah

Current Projects

  • Installing a wastewater reuse network in Ramallah
  • Delivering medicines to the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture

Recent Projects

  • Built new preschools in Qibya and Ni'lin
  • Constructed a reservoir and water network in Bil'in
  • Installed six new parks in Ramallah and nearby villages

Learn more about our history and work in Ramallah.

Jerusalem

Current Projects

  • Building a new preschool in Abu Dis

Recent Projects

  • Rehabilitated the Beit Iksa and Beit Ijza preschools
  • Renovated the Princess Basma Center
  • Built a storm water drainage system in Izzariyeh

Learn more about our history and work in Jerusalem.

Qalqilya

Current Projects

  • Delivering medicines to the Palestine Red Crescent Society of Qalqilya

Recent Projects

  • Helped 50 women grow their small businesses
  • Installed a sewage system for 400 homes in Habla
  • Added new classrooms at 11 schools

Learn more about our history and work in Qalqilya.

Bethlehem

Current Projects

  • Delivering medicines and health care supplies

Recent Projects

  • Built a women’s center in Dar Salah
  • Built a park in Um Salamuna
  • Renovated a seniors’ center in Beit Jala

Learn more about our history and work in Bethlehem.

Hebron

Current Projects

  • Building a new preschool in As Sammu
  • Delivering medicines to four Hebron area Palestine Red Crescent Societies

Recent Projects

  • Connected five villages near Yatta to a water network
  • Added a floor to the Hatta co-ed elementary school
  • Built a new preschool in Al Majd

Learn more about our history and work in Hebron

BY THE NUMBERS

Current State of the West Bank

2.9 Million

live in the West Bank

Checkpoints and walls isolate Palestinians and restrict their movement.

A, B, C

administrative areas

The Oslo Agreement created 3 areas defining Palestinian and Israeli control.

96.7%

literacy rate

But only 73% of schools in Palestine have a science lab.

Aid to Palestinians in the West Bank

When you give a gift to Anera, you help West Bank Palestinians improve their communities. You contribute to projects that help farmers make smart use of scarce resources and deliver goods to consumers. Your donation enables Palestinians to install water networks that bring water to families' homes. Gifts to Anera from people like you help Palestinians gain employment and make a difference in their communities. Our focus areas in the West Bank include:

  • Agriculture: Your donations helped West Bank Palestinians set up Palestine's first large-scale facility for wastewater reuse for irrigation.
  • Medicine: Medications supplied through your gifts help Palestinians treat illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions.
  • Community: Initiatives such as Anera's Woman Can program will use your donation to help West Bank Palestinians start businesses and find employment.
  • Education: Your gift will increase access to education for Palestinians of all ages, including refugees seeking job skills training.
  • Water: West Bank communities will repair and expand their water networks using the resources provided through your donation.
  • Emergency aid: During conflicts and natural disasters, your donation will help us deliver supplies and support to West Bank Palestinians.

Donate to West Bank Palestinians

With your help, Anera supports West Bank communities through access to education, clean water, employment and community infrastructure. Anera works directly with the communities we serve to identify projects that will bring long-lasting and meaningful change.

When you donate to Anera, 92 cents of each dollar will go directly to our program work. Learn more about the use of your gift from our FAQ page and give today.

Nestled in the Old City of Hebron, the Hebron Charitable Clinic has become an iconic medical care facility in the area since its establishment in 1986.

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