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Emleson Society
Ms. Hayat Zghayar, Public Relations Manager
Emleson Society, PO Box: 29174, Jerusalem

As a result of the occupation, Palestinian communities in Jerusalem lack many essential services. Education is of great concern as many Palestinian Jerusalemites suffer from a lack of classrooms, classes, and kindergartens. Emleson was formed to address the critical need for more classroom space and to address the lack of formal or informal institutions for women and children in their community. In 1992, a group of women came together and established a kindergarten in a room of a woman’s home. In 1994, Emleson was registered as an official organisation, and since then, they have expanded from working with just children in Jabal al-Mukaber and Sur Baher to engaging with women in the communities of southern Jerusalem. As the organisation’s work with children grew, they began to identify different needs of the women in southern Jerusalem and expanded their projects to address them.


Participatory development, capacity building of women and children, and volunteerism

A strong Jerusalem, where children enjoy a healthy environment for growth and women enjoy dignity, freedom, and equality

Building the capacity of women and children through carrying out the organisation’s projects, which seek to provide women and children with the necessary skills to participate in the society and achieve equality.

  1. Enhancing the promotion of the organisation’s activities and spreading the word of the association’s programs.

  2. Increasing the number of programs designed to serve the society, especially women, children, and other vulnerable groups.

  3. Recruiting and attracting young volunteers and those interested in devoting their time or who can provide financial support for the poor communities.

  4. Improving the spirit of volunteerism in the community.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The organisation is seeking volunteers with editing and proposal writing experience and volunteers who have experience working with women and children, with a particular interest in volunteers who have background in equipping women with professional skills.

Language Skills: Arabic, English, and/or Hebrew

Wish List:
  1. Enhancing the promotion of the organisation's programs.

What We Have to Offer:
  1. Space for hosting activities and events.

  2. Ability to provide assistance to other organisations with networking and coordination between different Jerusalem organisations, especially in the southern area of Jerusalem.

  3. Ability to share their experiences in running projects with similar organisations and can assist in capacity building of organisations in the area.

Programmes and Projects
  1. Two kindergartens - one in Jabal Mukaber and another in Ras al-‘Amoud.

  2. School in Jabal al-Mukaber.

  3. Nurseries in ‘Eisawiyah and Jabal al-Mukaber.

  4. Family centre which serves families in distress.

  5. Hand-in-Hand Programme.

  6. Orphan support.