Who We Serve

Refugees in dismal camps, jobless youth, hungry families of the working-poor, struggling farmers and small businesses…these are fragile threads in the social tapestry known as Palestine.

According to the PCBS Labor Force Survey, labor force participation “remains low” and that “high youth unemployment and low youth labor force participation are major concerns.” In Gaza, only 33 percent of Palestinians aged 15-29 years participated in the labor force in the fourth quarter of 2011. In the West Bank, youth workforce participation was 40.8 percent.

Agriculture is the foundation of Palestinian economic survival, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reported in July 2012. However, the farming sector “has not been able to play its strategic role,” UNCTAD cautioned, because of “dispossession of land and [the inability of Palestinian farmers to] gain access to water resources, as well as to domestic and external markets to sell their products.”

PalSiraj is pledged to work as an agent of positive change among these hard-working yet marginalized people. They are farmers who seek new consumers for their crops even as the total acreage of arable land is shrinking. They are entrepreneurs eyeing the world’s supermarket shelves for their products, but unable to break through the barriers. They are women whose families scrabble for a living in refugee camps. They are ambitious young Palestinians unable to pursue college degrees that will help them become enlightened leaders of their people.