West Bank Village Celebrates New Park

December 5, 2013 ANERA
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Community Development, Economic Development, Environmental Projects, Job Creation, West Bank
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Palestinian preschoolers in the West Bank village of Abu Falah line up to get into the new Al Bayyara park and playground that ANERA constructed in their community. Palestinian preschoolers in the West Bank village of Abu Falah line up to get into the new Al Bayyara park and playground that ANERA constructed in their community.

About 50 preschoolers impatiently wait for permission from their teachers to go play in their brand new park. Many try to steal glances inside and can’t conceal their excitement at the sight of a big colorful jungle gym with climbing ladders and slides. Even after a busy school day, they are energized and ready to have fun.

Meanwhile, a troop of boy scouts slowly approaches the park with fluttering Palestinian flags, big drums and proud, broad smiles. The large crowd of villagers and schools kids with balloons gathered next to the park welcomes them with applause.

This is how the people of Abu Falah celebrate the construction of the first family park in their village — with a community festival. Village dignitaries, elders, guests and friends, have all come together to show gratitude to those who made it possible.

The Fourth Al Bayyara Builds Community Spirit and Creates Jobs

Each park creates jobs for about 10 local construction workers and craftsmen in villages that suffer from unemployment and economic hardships.

The park in Abu Falah is one of four in the West Bank constructed with funding from project partners: Bank of Palestine, ANERA, Muna and Basem Hishmeh and United Holy Land Fund. ANERA turns hazardous, rubble-filled lands into safe play areas, where the entire family can unwind and spend time together. Bayyara, which means citrus grove in Arabic, is the name given to this series of parks to be built in the West Bank and Gaza.

“This whole area was nothing more than a neglected piece of land, endangering the safety of young children who had nowhere else to play,” explains ANERA’s program manager Mazen Dabbagh. “Like all of our parks, it is terraced, gated, landscaped and planted with trees to ensure the kids are both protected and stimulated.”

Map of a series of Al Bayyara parks and playgrounds that ANERA, along with several partners, is building across the West Bank and Gaza.Finally, as the adults approach for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting, the teachers signal for the children to enter the park. Two by two, the little kids proceed into the park in an orderly manner, but their little steps soon turn into leaps as they race to newly installed equipment. The playground immediately comes to life with their laughter and shouts.

Other than the jungle gym, which is always the biggest attraction, the park is equipped with six swings, two seesaws and large sand pits, in addition to several benches, trees and other indigenous plants.

A successful park is one that swarms with happy kids,” states Mazen.

Flip Through the Photos from the Park Opening

The Al Bayyara park that ANERA just built in the West Bank community of Abu Falah is for children and adults to enjoy. Its construction also created jobs for Palestinians where the rate of unemployment is high.
How many children can fit onto a slide? These Palestinian kids in the West Bank village of Abu Falah are finding the answer in a park and playground ANERA just built in their community.
The jungle gym and other new, colorful playground equipment that ANERA installed are a big it with the children of the West Bank village of Abu Falah.
Palestinian preschoolers in the village of Abu Falah waiting to get into the new Al Bayyara park and playground that ANERA constructed in their West Bank community.
Palestinian preschoolers in the West Bank village of Abu Falah line up to get into the new Al Bayyara park and playground that ANERA constructed in their community.
In Abu Falah, West Bank, boy scouts waving Palestinian flags march in celebration of their new ANERA-installed Al Bayyara park.

ANERA | Al Bayyara Park Swings in Abu Falah, West Bank

The Al Bayyara park that ANERA just built in the West Bank community of Abu Falah is for children and adults to enjoy. Its construction also created jobs for Palestinians where the rate of unemployment is high.

ANERA | Al Bayyara Park Slide in Abu Falah, West Bank

How many children can fit onto a slide? These Palestinian kids in the West Bank village of Abu Falah are finding the answer in a park and playground ANERA just built in their community.

ANERA | Al Bayyara Park Jungle Gym in Abu Falah, West Bank

The jungle gym and other new, colorful playground equipment that ANERA installed are a big it with the children of the West Bank village of Abu Falah.

ANERA | Preschoolers in Abu Falah, West Bank

Palestinian preschoolers in the village of Abu Falah waiting to get into the new Al Bayyara park and playground that ANERA constructed in their West Bank community.

ANERA | Preschoolers at Al Bayyara Park Opening in West Bank Village

Palestinian preschoolers in the West Bank village of Abu Falah line up to get into the new Al Bayyara park and playground that ANERA constructed in their community.

ANERA | Boy Scouts in Abu Falah West Bank Celebrating New Park

Boy scouts in the West Bank village of Abu Falah march to celebrate the opening of the new Al Bayyara park ANERA constructed in their community.

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ANERA | Al Bayyara Park Slide in Abu Falah, West Bank thumbnail
ANERA | Al Bayyara Park Jungle Gym in Abu Falah, West Bank thumbnail
ANERA | Preschoolers in Abu Falah, West Bank  thumbnail
ANERA | Preschoolers at Al Bayyara Park Opening in West Bank Village thumbnail
ANERA | Boy Scouts in Abu Falah West Bank Celebrating New Park thumbnail

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