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The Culture and Free Thought Association “CFTA”

National Network: 
Palestine
Address: 
Box : 76 - El.Rahma Street- Hai El.Amal
KhanYounis
Telephone: 
970 8 2051299
Telephone (other): 
970 8 2075929
Fax: 
970 8 2067299
Mobile Phone: 
970 599401585
Mobile Phone (other): 
970 599400755
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1991
General Information: 

1- Number of staff :
•Full-time employees :62
•Part-time employees :5
•Volunteers:15
2- Budget: $500,001- $1 million
3- Sources of Fund : Membership International and National groups and organizations
4- Modalities of action (concrete projects, exchanges, seminars, scholarships etc.)
5- Main Parteners :
•Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC)
•Al Ta'awn - the welfare association consortum
•Global Fund for Women
•Campaign for the Children of Palestine(CCP)
•La Cimade
•Christian Aid
•Midical Aid for Palestine MAP
•Oxfam Quebec
•DIMITRA (Greece) + Chmber des Beaux Art
•Ford Foundation
•Comite Catholique Centre la Faim et Pour le Developpement
•Mennonit Central Committee
•13-Nerweigian People's Aid
•AIDOS
•UNIFEM
•UNFPA
•Collectif Intr-Peuple
•Friends of Palestine (Shafeild- UK)
•ANERA
•Bank of Palestine

Mission and Objectives: 

Mission :
The Culture and Free Thought Association is a Palestinian pioneering institution which always seeks to concentrate on and further the values of civil society through implementing a set of programs and activities aimed at advancing societal awareness in all relevant fields, including the cultural, sociological, recreational, educational, health and economic fields, and through its activities and projects provide vital services to society’s children, youth and women depending on a highly-qualified and creative staff; this in addition to CFTA's trust in and reliance on the ability of the society it serves
CFTA's main objectives are:
• To provide disadvantaged children and teenagers in refugee camps with opportunities in artistic expression and informal education to advance their educational, cultural and social condition via the different free and planned activities.
• To empower women by providing them with economic developmental support, healthcare, legal and psychologic

Main Projects / Activities: 

A. Children and Teenagers Projects ,
The Association runs two children projects and one specific project for adolescents.
These Projects are :
Al Shroq Wal Amal Children Centre (Sunrise and Hope) – This center was set up in Khan Younis camp in April 1992. This centre provides children between the ages of 6-12 opportunities in education, self- awareness, creative expression through an innovative program of activities, trips and projects.
B. Youth Projects:
CFTA already running two youth projects one is the Wessal project and the second is the Youth Initiative Fund.
C. Women's Projects
The Gaza Women Credit Program This program initiated in October 1995. This is a loan program offered to women of Gaza Strip living under difficult economic circumstances.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Mariam Zakoot ( General Director )
Head of the organisation: 
Naema Shiekh Ali “ president “
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Majeda El.Saqqa ( Public relation Director )

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