Polska pomoc

 

Improving quality of education of girls by renovating the Water System for the Orthodox School of Bethany (East Jerusalem)

The city of Bethany-Al-Azaria in East Jerusalem faces numerous problems of geopolitical, social and economic nature. Dense population and a high unemployment rate as well as the Israeli–Palestinian conflict are the reasons for pervasive lawlessness and the development of organised crime groups. It is also the place where the Orthodox School of Bethany for Girls is located - the oldest continuously operating educational facility in Palestine. At present, 350 local girls and 15 girls living in the orphanage located on the premises of the facility receive education in the school.

The school infrastructure is slowly being improved, however, the outdated water supply and drainage system still poses a serious problem, as the students and teachers in the school do not have a sustainable access to clean drinking and utility water. The school is forced to purchase water containers and bottled water, which is a considerable burden for its budget. Moreover, the older parts of the building need to be renovated.

Improving quality of education of girls by renovating the Water System for the Orthodox School of Bethany (East Jerusalem)

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 20 June to 31 December 2016 in cooperation with the Representative Office of Poland in Ramallah and its local partner, the Orthodox School of Bethany for Girls. The primary objective of the project is to increase the quality of education the girls receive by improving the system which ensures access to drinking and utility water.

The project provides for renovating and modernising the water systems, including a pump, water containers, canals and a tank. As a result, the students will be able to focus on learning, also after school hours, and to participate in extra-curricular activities.

The administrative personnel of the school, the nuns living in the facility and 15 wards of their orphanage will also benefit from the project.

Improving quality of education of girls by renovating the Water System for the Orthodox School of Bethany (East Jerusalem)

The project was implemented from 3 August to 20 November 2016. Its primary objective was to improve the quality of education the girls receive at the Orthodox School of Bethany for Girls by improving the system which ensures access to drinking and utility water. By having access to water during school hours, the girls can stay longer after their classes to concentrate on learning and extra-curricular activities. This objective was accomplished by renovating and modernising the tank collecting rainwater and its auxiliary system. The tank, placed under the main square, was cleaned as part of the project and the canals supplying rainwater were repaired and sealed. The operation of the water pump and the roof containers was improved.

The project provided over 450 students and administrative employees with continuous access to water. The four nuns living in the facility and the 15 wards of their orphanage also benefited from the project.

The project was fully financed from the Polish Aid's funds and its value amounted to approximately PLN 60,000 (EUR 14,300). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.