The Union of Agricultural Work Committees
(UAWC) and its partners; United Nation
Relief and Works Agency, GVC and Al-Walaja Village Council, opened a kindergarten
with the participation of civil society organizations and government
institutions represented by Bethlehem Governorate, local government, the
Ministry of Agriculture and the Union of Women's Social Committees.
The opening of this kindergarten follows
the completion of the construction and rehabilitation of its playground, which
was implemented by UAWC within the activities of "Meeting the needs of
Palestinian refugees in the marginalized areas in the West Bank" project
that is funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine
Refugees , where also the internal building of the kindergarten was also
rehabilitated by the GVC Foundation.
The ceremony was launched by a demonstration
of the children of Al Walaja and the Palestinian national song. The audience
gave words of welcome and thanks to the institutions that are supporting and
implementing this project.
This project comes in line with UAWC's
strategic objective to strengthening the steadfastness of the Palestinians in
the so-called C areas., where Al Walaja suffers from the separation wall which
confiscated hundreds of dunums from its lands and isolates its population in a
narrow structural plan, surrounded by settlements and bypass roads.
It is worth mentioning that through the
project, a 66-square-meter children's umbrella was built and the floor was
covered with rubber that ensures children's safety. It was provided with
various games for children, as well as a 150-meter fence was constructed.
The kindergarten is currently benefited more
than 70 children. It is the only kindergarten in the town with a population of
over 2,600 and 75% of the population is registered as Palestinian refugees.