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)

ACT Alliance applauds human rights resolution on Gaza

ACT Alliance applauds human rights resolution on Gaza

Jul 24, 2014

24 July 2014 - During a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, on 23 July 2014, a resolution was adapted to among other things; create a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations in the recent attacks between Israeli military and Hamas in the occupied Palestinian Territory.

As Syrian conflict mounts, refugee numbers likely to exceed UN estimates

As Syrian conflict mounts, refugee numbers likely to exceed UN estimates

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.

ACT aims to meet growing needs in Gaza

ACT aims to meet growing needs in Gaza

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.

ACT general secretary visits Syrian refugees

ACT general secretary visits Syrian refugees

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.

Inside Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp

Inside Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp

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.

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At a glance

  • Founded in 1949 and became part of the MECC in 1974
  • Based in East Jerusalem, oPt
  • Key areas of work: Rural development, Education, Community development, Community health, Advocacy

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