Since 2010, Global Communities has completed more than 80 infrastructure projects that are improving the quality of life for thousands of Palestinians. Funded by USAID, the Local Government and Infrastructure (LGI) program is providing much needed community infrastructure and at the same time building the capacity of the local government systems to promote transparency, efficiency and good governance practices. A major focus of the LGI program is improving the education sector with the goal or constructing or renovating 35 schools valued at approximately $21 million.
Global Communities recently completed construction of Nazlat 'Isa Secondary Boys School in Tulkarm Governorate, which will serve 200 students and 15 school staff this school year. The project included the construction of a four-floor school building including 14 classrooms as well as an administration room, teachers' room, social worker room, arts and crafts room, computer lab, science lab, and a library. As part of Global Communities continuous efforts to incorporate green elements in all its work, the school also has a solar energy system and waste water treatment plant.
Earlier this year, Global Communities inaugurated the Aqqaba Secondary Girls School in Tubas Governorate - the first green school ever built in Palestine. The new school reduces the overcrowding faced by students who attended classes at the local primary schools. and includes a library, computers labs, science labs and enhanced school safety. The green elements integrated into the construction and operation of the school include solar panels and reusable wastewater systems that are helping set a new standard for environmentally sound design in the West Bank.
The Saffa Secondary Girls School was also rehabilitated under the Local Government and Infrastructure Program and now has 28 rehabilitated classrooms, a computer and science lab, recreational facilities, a library and resource center. With these renovations and support, the Saffa School girls are learning more than ever.
The upgrading of the Ras Atiya School presented unique challenges. Due to the area's strict seismic building codes, the engineering team had to retrofit the existing structure by strengthening the foundation and adding extensive new vertical supports. Now the building will be structurally sound during earthquakes and is safe enough to be used a emergency shelter during other disasters.