All donations go towards funding our psychosocial support and therapeutic projects such as ‘Family Therapy, Focusing, Friday of Joy’. Proudly, our admin cost is extremely low, it is less than 1% which goes to accountancy and insurance. We are operating PTC(UK) from the houses of trustees and supporters in order to keep the expenses very low.
In June 2013 INTERPAL began supporting the Family Therapy Project at PTC(Gaza). This has continued for the past five years. Irish Quakers Faith in Action have been the main funders for the Focusing Project since 2012. In April 2018 PTC(UK) took over the managing of a psycho-social project at PTC(Gaza). This is funded by Muslim Aid.
The Friday of Joy Initiative has been supported by the British Shalom Salaam Trust, The Palestine Committee of Norway, Art into Heart, Brent Friends of Palestine, Four Pillars of Hope, Giggin for Gaza in Aberdeen, Sumud Palestine, Gaza Children’s Trauma Centre, Worcester Friends of Palestine, Norwich PSC and Kingston University. In 2017 and 2018 an Iftar was organised to fundraise for PTC during Ramadan in Hatfield.
On 1st February 2019, Jeremy Hardy died. He was a passionate and hugely well-informed supporter of rights for Palestinians and we will all miss him greatly.
VISITS TO PTC(GAZA)
In 2016, on behalf of PTC(UK), Guido Veronese from Milan University started a training course in Family Therapy with staff at PTC(Gaza). This continued in October 2016 and in May 2017. Report of Guido visit-May 2016
PTC(UK) visits to PTC(Gaza): Other visits have supported the Family Therapy Project by introducing assessment and evaluation methods, Focusing, drama skills and the use of media.
PREVIOUS VISITS TO GAZA BY PTC(UK)
January 2010: Art therapist, Peter Offord, was the first PTC(UK) member to reach Gaza. (Click here to see report) . The PTC(UK) Family Therapy team, Mohamed Altawil, Andrew Enever and David Harrold, reached Gaza on 28th December 2010 and stayed until 3rd January 2011.
There was another visit by the Family Therapy team, from December 2012 to January 2013. Focusing trainers, led by Jerry Conway, have been to Gaza twice during 2011 and 2013. Another extended visit was in 2015.
BACKGROUND TO THE SITUATION IN GAZA.
Because of the administrative/political split between Gaza and the West Bank, there is no unified national plan for mental health services. This means that training opportunities provided through PTC(Gaza) and PTC(UK) are enormously valuable.
On a social and recreational level, a lot is being achieved for thousands of children. However, clinics are failing to cope with all the more serious mental health disorders. Care providers have become exhausted and ongoing support is rarely available. Support for the deliverers of care is urgently needed.