Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches (DSPR/MECC)
DSPR is an ecumenical and Church-related organization which is an integral part of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC); it was founded following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the creation of the Palestine refugee problem. DSPR continues to operate in the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip), Jordan, Lebanon and Galilee.
DSPR has always committed itself to work with Palestinian refugee communities and the neediest among them to promote acceptable decent living conditions, based on Christian witness through direct support, awareness-raising, capacity building, and advocacy in order to guarantee that their basic human rights are being realized and that they live in reconciliation with the larger communities in which they live.
DSPR believes in partnering with all irrespective of race, gender, color, or religion; ensuring transparency credibility and accountability. We envision ourselves as a leading professional Church-related organization that empowers and is empowered by Palestinian refugees.
According to DSPR Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015, our strategic objectives are:
Provide and maintain primary healthcare services to enhance the wellbeing of Palestinian mothers and children.
Provide professional skills training and access to education to empower marginalized Palestinian youth to improve their own economic conditions.
Address and resolve pressing environmental threats facing Palestinian communities to support their better management and preservation of available natural resources.
Mobilize and empower Palestinian and other relevant communities to seek just and equal social and economic rights for Palestinians.
Provide emergency assistance to alleviate the impact of humanitarian situations when required.
Latest from Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees of the Middle East Council of Churches (DSPR/MECC)
Feb 19, 2013
As the bitter battle for Damascus intensifies and its impact increasingly spills across national borders, ACT Alliance expects that even more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees will seek safety in neighbouring countries before June 1 this year – thereby surpassing the latest UN estimates.
Jan 24, 2013
ACT Alliance has stepped-up its efforts to address the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza following an Israeli military offensive in November 2012 that left 163 Palestinians dead – including 42 children and 22 women.
Dec 04, 2012
As the Syrian refugee crisis escalates, ACT General Secretary John Nduna compels the international community to redouble its efforts to provide essential, life-saving services.
Nov 28, 2012
The population of the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan has already surpassed 41,000 and is expected to reach peak capacity of 60,000 shortly, as more Syrians flee fighting.
Nov 15, 2012
On the eve of his visit to the region, ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna calls for peace, respect for international law and adequate funding to address the mounting humanitarian crisis in the region.