The forum has previously worked in several towns and cities in the West Bank, especially in the marginalized areas. In 2011 the Forum set up its first branch in northern West Bank city of Tulkarm. In next to no time, the Forum achieved an impressive track record of successful projects in Jenin, Tulkarem, Ramallah, Hebron and the villages of northwest Jerusalem and elsewhere. The focus of the Forum’s work and its core area of expertise, in the time period mentioned, has been the empowerment of young people in culture and community leadership through arts and applied arts. Apart from its basic province of thought: the development of arts in the Palestinian society (training of school teachers, young artists, amateur and talented children), the Forum has also shown great interest in the use of art in the psychology and mental health of children in marginalized villages and the fight against violence in schools.
Over the years, the Forum has succeeded in obtaining funding from a variety of sources, including: the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, Welfare Association-Taawon, Palestinian NGO Development Centre, War Child Holland, Diakonia, UNESCO, EU mission in Jerusalem, Abdel Mohsin Al-Qattan Foundation and other friendly associations. Therefore, the Forum seeks to build an effective scientific model and institutionalize all its internal administrative and external activities in the targeted areas.
Statistics and numbers
Over the years of the Forum’s work, the VAF Foundation has benefited about 19,000 boys, girls, male and female teachers alike as follows:
- 2700 children and young people at the Institute of Evening Arts in Ramallah.
- 65 Young professional illustration artists.
- 155 art teachers in basic schools.
- 140 children’s arts trainers.
- 4700 children from marginalized villages and camps. Health education through art.
- 3000 teenagers (Community education through art).
- 5,000 children from marginalized areas and camps. Health education through art.
- 3,000 children in psychosocial support.
- 60 children/ Juveniles.
- 200 prosecuted inmates in PA prisons.
- 100 free training grants.