Partners and activities

DanChurchAid has been active in the Palestinian areas since the early 1950s.

Initially, with the distribution of relief aid to Palestinian refugees following the wars in 1948 and 1967, and later on, with development projects and promoting women’s rights.

The continuous expansion of the illegal settlements has gradually made it more and more difficult to create development in the Palestinian areas, and DanChurchAid and other humanitarian organisations once again have to carry out relief work.

Today, our work focuses on three main fields:  

Relief aid

Juhoud is a Palestinian NGO established in 2003 committed to supporting community development in marginalized and rural areas through promoting economic development, civic and community engagement, and life-long learning and training using a participatory approach that emphasizes self-reliance and focuses on youth and women while fostering a sense of national and community belonging.

WCLAC is a resource Centre for women and leading within collective action on the governmental and non-governmental levels, locally, regionally and internationally.  It aims to address the causes and consequences of gender-based violence within the Palestinian community as well as the gender-specific effects of the increasing militarization associated with the Israeli occupation.

Applied Research Institution Jerusalem (ARIJ) represents 20 years of combined organizational experience in the Palestinian Territory in the fields of economic, social, management of natural resources, water management, sustainable agriculture and political dynamics of development in the area. ARIJ plays an active role in the local community as an advocate for greater cooperation among local institutions as well as international and non-governmental organizations.

The East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Programme works to extend quality rehabilitative services to the youth who were injured as well as those who had become disabled and traumatized as a result of political violence during the first Palestinian Intifada. The holistic approach by YMCA in rehabilitation provides the beneficiaries with the rehabilitative services needed to help them reach the maximum degree of independence, to accept their disability and become active members in their communities.

Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) situated on the Mount of Olives, was established by the Lutheran World Federation in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as a major medical facility in Jerusalem after the 1948 war to care for Palestinian refugees. AVH is a main referral hospital for the Palestinian Ministry of Health and UNRW and  act as a resource centre for capacity building of primary health providers in the West Bank for the treatment of several chronic diseases such as Cancer, diabetes care and kidney dialysis. 

Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugee Work (NECCCRW) Is part of the Department of Service to the Palestine Refugees (DSPR).  NECCCRW has since 1952 supported the1948 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip. The work of NECC focuses on the provision of humanitarian aid through 3 main programs: Health and Nutrition; Vocational Education and Training Program and Welfare and Relief Program.

Ard EL Insan Palestinian Benevolent (AEI) is a Palestinian NGO established in 1984 as an affiliate of the Swiss organization (Terre Des Hommes).  In 1997 AEI became a Palestinian association specializing in community health and nutrition within a primary health care approach. AEI aims at decreasing common childhood illness via providing protective and curative health services, health education and psychological support targeting children, mothers, poor and marginalized families in the Gaza Strip

Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) is a public and voluntary center empowering children, adolescents, and youth through community awareness, psychosocial, advocacy and youth capacity building aiming to promote positive change in society.

Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS) was established in 1991 in the Jablia Camp. JRS is the only provider of rehabilitative services for children with hearing impairments in the Northern Governorate of Gaza Strip. The range of rehabilitative services includes kindergarten care and education, 1-9 grades of elementary and preparatory school, audio logical services such as diagnosis, follow up, hearing aids fitting etc., speech therapy services, vocational training for female graduates.

MA’AN Development Center is an independent Palestinian development and training institution established in 1989. MA’AN's work is informed by the necessity of creating independent, self-reliant initiatives that lead to the development of human resources for sustainable development, which incorporate values of self-sufficiency and self-empowerment,  MA’ANs main programs are agricultural and food security; community development; women development; youth and adolescent development; and environment protection.

Women's Rights

The East Jerusalem YMCA is part of the Palestinian social movement. As a member of the World Alliance of YMCAs, the EJ-YMCA is committed to a unique vision of community based on the universal values of human dignity, peace, and justice. Through diverse programs and activities with a focus on holistic youth development, the YMCA aims to work toward the building of a viable Palestinian state based on equality and social justice for all. The YMCA believes that faithfulness to its Christian mission, which embodies openness to all religions in a spirit of love and service, will bring about the transformation of society.

Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) is women grassroots organization which aims at building a democratic Palestinian society based on gender equality, social justice, and respect for human rights. PWWSD strengthens, empowers and mobilizes women’s participation in the development process, promotes women’s Civic and Human Rights, and improves women’s and girls’ mental health and psychological wellbeing.

Women's  Affairs Center (WAC) is women grassroots organization that aims to empower women and advocate for their rights and equality through capacity building programs, advocacy and research.  Their work is in line with human rights principles, which include responsibility, rule of law, transparency, tolerance, justice, equality, non-discrimination, participation and empowerment of marginalized groups.


BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is an independent, community-based non-profit organization mandated to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs. Our vision, missions, programs and relationships are defined by our Palestinian identity and the principles of international law, in particular international human rights law. We seek to advance the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people on this basis.

Breaking the Silence is an Israeli organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.

B'Tselem is an Israeli human rights organization. It documents human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, works to combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public and help create a human rights culture in Israel. B’Tselem acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the OPT and ensure that the Israeli government complies with it’s obligations under international law. B'Tselem has attained a prominent place among human rights organizations.

Grassroots Jerusalem is a platform for social, urban and human rights activists and organizations in the Jerusalem district. Grassroots Jerusalem seeks to strengthen Palestinian grassroots network that will represent the community voice that disobeys, opposes and nonviolently resists the occupation by amplifying the local resources and creating virtual and real environments for meeting, sharing information, educating, growing, coordinating and co-operating on shared issues of urgent and long-term concern.

Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the West Bank, the Negev and East Jerusalem. HRDs are increasingly restricted in carrying out their work due to unlawful arrests and indictments, why the need for legal aid is urgent.

The Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) is a joint program of East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, working for Peace with Justice in Palestine, based on Humanitarian and Christian Values, by mobilizing the world movements of YMCA and YWCA, churches, church-based organizations, UN agencies, and other relevant organizations to influence decision-makers and prompt actions that contribute to end Israeli occupation and all its violations of International Law.

Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity is a grassroots organization working towards civil equality within Israel and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. With hundreds of activists, and a record of consistent, principled resistance to violations of democratic values, Solidarity is the Israeli left’s new voice.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is a Palestinian NGO established in 1995.  PCHR is dedicated to protect human rights and promote the rule of law in accordance with international standards; create and develop democratic institutions and an active civil society and support all the efforts aimed at enabling the Palestinian people to exercise its inalienable rights in regard to self-determination.

APRODEV’s Middle East Working Group (MEWG) is a working group on Israel-Palestine consisting of Brot fur die Welt, Christian Aid UK, Church of Sweden, Dan Church Aid, Diakonia, EED, Finn Church Aid, ICCO, Kerk in Actie and Norwegian Church Aid. The MEWG share a vision of a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians and by addressing policy makers through coordinated advocacy work, APRODEV works to influence European policy towards the occupation and address the failures of the EU and its member States to implement their policies towards Israel and the Palestinians in accordance with International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law.