With the war in Syria now entering its seventh year and Palestinian families from Syria suffering long-term displacement in Lebanon, mental health and psychological support services are needed more than ever. In the West Bank and Gaza, the occupation has been ongoing for almost 50 years, and the accompanying policies, including house demolitions, forced displacement and checkpoints which restrict movement continue to cause immense mental and psychological stress in the population.
In the old city of East Jerusalem, the effects of the occupation are felt particularly acutely. MAP is supporting the Saraya Centre to provide activities for children (pictured) and support for teachers which aim to strengthen the community’s resilience in the face of massive pressure. 400 children took part in activities in 2016.
In Lebanon, we continued our partnership with UNICEF and local Palestinian community organisations to bring mental health and psychosocial support to 24,192 children and 13,588 caregivers affected by the Syria crisis. We aim to mitigate the impact of war and displacement and protect children from exploitation, abuse and neglect.