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Improving educational opportunities for children and youth from Bethlehem by provision of playground at the orphanage

The orphanage in East Jerusalem run by the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth has been open since the 1960s. Before the protective wall was built, it offered help to children from Jerusalem, Israel and the territory of Palestine. Assistance was also provided to single parents by taking care of their children once a week. However, this opportunity was limited when the wall was built - parents from the West Bank of Jerusalem are unable to send their children to the facility and pick them up regularly. At present, assistance is only offered to families from East Jerusalem and Israel and it cannot be accessed by Palestinian families living on the West Bank.

At the same time, there has been a clear increase in the number of large families and single parents looking after their children in the last few years, as a result of the deteriorating political economic situation. Fifty-seven percent of Palestinians live below the poverty line. This situation is also reflected in the system of education, as the schools are overcrowded and there are not enough qualified teachers. A new “House of Hope” orphanage run by the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth has been recently built on the West Bank. Nonetheless, there are still not enough places where children from the impoverished families could develop and spend their time safely.

Improving educational opportunities for children and youth from Bethlehem by provision of playground at the orphanage

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 June to 31 October 2016 in cooperation with the Representative Office of Poland in Ramallah and its local partner, the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth. Its primary objective is to create a safe place for children from impoverished families, where they could learn, play and develop. The project provides for building a playground next to the “House of Hope” orphanage run by the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth. The area will be prepared for construction and all the construction materials and equipment will be purchased. Then, toys and games will be assembled in compliance with the European standards.

The wards of the orphanage - 25 children aged 4 to 17 - will be the beneficiaries of the project. These children are orphans or half-orphans. Some of them come from impoverished families which have insufficient funds to look after their own children. They are sent to facilities which operate as boarding schools. They are both Christians and Muslims. The facility will also be used by its future wards.

Improving educational opportunities for children and youth from Bethlehem by provision of playground at the orphanage

The project was implemented from 15 July to 20 December 2016. The primary objective of the project was to create a place which would promote informal learning, entertainment and healthy development for children who come from difficult backgrounds. The objective was accomplished by constructing a safe and interactive playground covered with a roof next to the “House of Hope” orphanage run by the Sisters of Saint Elizabeth. Under the project, the area was prepared for constructing the playground, the equipment was purchased and assembled and the playground was covered with a roof. The wards of the orphanage (presently, 25 children aged 4-17) and children attending the classes organised in the day-room of the orphanage (presently, 10 children) are the beneficiaries of the project.

The project was co-financed by the Polish Aid grant amounting to approximately PLN 119,000 (EUR 28,500) and its entire value amounted to approximately PLN 127,000 (EUR 30,500). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.