Here’s a look at the latest data on the humanitarian situation in Palestine:

  • Youth unemployment ranks in the highest in the world at 58% putting many at risk of never achieving self-sustainability. (UNICEF, 2018)
  • Over 1 million people in Palestine are food insecure, including nearly half of the population of the Gaza Strip. (UNICEF, 2018)
  • The number of people in need is at 2.5 million, with 90% of these people living in the Gaza Strip (UNICEF, 2018)

Islamic Relief in the Palestinian Territories

To support livelihood enhancement, IRUSA is implementing with partners job training and and job placement services for youth in Gaza. Islamic Relief started working in Palestine in 1994, and Islamic Relief Palestine opened its office there in 1998 so that long-term development projects could be implemented and overseen by people in the field.

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Saif Finds Work

Saif graduated at the top of his class in the software engineering department at Al-Azhar University in Gaza. For four months, he searched for a job.

His odds were slim: Jobs are scarce in Gaza, especially for young adults. Gaza’s youth unemployment rate is among the highest in the world at 58%.

He never landed an interview — not even a single reply.

“Staying at home doing nothing makes you feel worthless,” he said.

When he saw an announcement for a job skills program offered by IRUSA and Palestine Education for Employment, he knew that would be a good use of his time. The training focuses on practical skills that teach graduates the soft skills necessary to find and keep a job, as well as a component focusing on skills for working online.

Through this program, Saif took classes in Virtual Jobs, Project Management, and Sales. He began to understand that his good grades weren’t enough, and he recognized the weaknesses in his previous applications.

“Many aspects of my CV and cover letter needed development,” he said. With the help of the trainers, Saif was able to fix them and practice new skills, hands-on. He applied for another position as teaching assistant at Al-Azhar University — and he got the job.

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