ECHO, ACF, Ministry of Education Inaugurate New Schools in West Bank

HEBRON, November 18, 2014 (WAFA) – The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger (ACF), in partnership with the Ministry of Education, and with funding from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), has announced the completion of rehabilitation and construction of five schools in five vulnerable communities in the West Bank.

Prior to construction or rehabilitation of the new schools, students living in the targeted communities faced numerous obstacles and challenges including a high risk of injury while crossing a busy by-pass road and the threat of violent actions and attacks by settlers.

The absence of a local school inside their communities meant students were forced to walk between two to eight kilometres to reach the closest school, affecting the willingness of parents to send their children to school.

The beneficiary population live in communities unserved or underserved with water networks that are dependent on rainwater collection and trucked water as their main source of water. Successful ACF implemented activities include: rehabilitation and construction of schools, improving storage capacity, rehabilitation and construction of emergency water networks, provision of mobile latrines and residential shelters.