IOCC Launches West Bank Job Creation, Education Project
INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES (IOCC)
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These needs, along with the continuing problem of unemployment in the
The $3 million project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will result in the construction or renovation of school classrooms, bathrooms, libraries, labs, playgrounds and other youth facilities in 24 villages in the Ramallah region.
IOCC was one of six international relief agencies to recently sign an agreement with USAID to promote job creation and education reform in the
On hand for the February signing ceremony at
“Many rural areas do not have any schools or enough classrooms, and children are compelled to go to neighboring villages,” Ms. Kort said. “This presents great challenges and obstacles, especially for girls: Tradition does not allow them to travel outside their own villages in search of education.”
The new project will build on IOCC’s work over the past eight years to train women, create jobs, renovate public buildings (including schools) and revitalize agriculture in rural areas of the
Ms. Kort said IOCC will use the same system with the new initiative. Clusters of 13 villages near the town of
“Children who live in rural areas of the
IOCC’s partners in the project include USAID, local village councils, and the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
IOCC will employ more than 2,000 people in the constructions trades for the life of the 30-month project. The result will be an improved educational infrastructure network serving more than 26,000 children ages 5-19, Ms. Kort said.
IOCC has been active in the
To learn more about IOCC’s relief and development programs in the
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Palestinian students gather for recess at a school playground in Deir Balout in the
Photo courtesy of Chris Maddaloni