The beneficiaries' financial returns from the three projects exceeded $650,000 during the first cycle, and the number of contracts obtained by the beneficiaries exceeded 4,500. The three service providers’ projects combined formed the largest income and employment generator in Gaza, and benefited 416 young Gazans, half of whom were women.
The beneficiaries received a two-month intensive training program in thirteen different topics such as; mobile application programming, website development, translation, user interface and user experience UI/UX design, and digital marketing, in addition to less complex topics such as voice overs, graphic design, and virtual assistance. This technical training was followed by six-months of hosting and mentoring within the partner institutions, providing them with properly equipped places to work on freelancing platforms with the presence of coaches for support.
The unprecedented success of this project is as a result of the combination of a dedication and commitment to the work and rigorous follow-up, all of which occurred despite extraordinary challenges and obstacles that occurred during the implementation phase such as both the Coronavirus outbreak and subsequent closures, and the security escalations in the Gaza Strip.