Reference : V-P-IL-E-02472
Date : 27/12/2011
Caption : Gaza Strip, Gaza City, Hashem school. Palestinian graduates sculpt clay murals with messages - health, educational and social - for the community, part of a cash-for-work programme funded by the ICRC.
Photographer : EL BABA, Iyad
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC IL/OT E-Newsletter, January 2012, Photo gallery

Artistic murals and other cash-for-work projects in Gaza

Unemployment dropped in recent months in the Gaza Strip but remains worryingly high at 28 percent. Many people rely on coping strategies to protect and sustain their livelihoods. Export and import restrictions by Israel continue to affect the economy, in spite of improvements over the last year and a half. Some sectors of the economy have literally disappeared over the past years, such as the textile sector.

To help people cover their essential needs and to bring other lasting benefits to the community, the ICRC runs cash-for-work projects. One of the cash-for-work projects developed by the ICRC was to create and to install mural arts. Clay murals are an art form used in Gaza to provide a visual expression of messages intended for the community.

During 2011, the ICRC assisted more than 12,000 impoverished people in the Gaza Strip through these projects. It also helped 85 households (680 people) through the distributions of essential household items.

A total of 84 unemployed workers were able to cover their basic needs while participating in the project and producing 64 visual messages. This is the first time that an ICRC project has targeted art faculty graduates directly.
Original material : digital
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Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour