Safety Upgrades at a Palestinian School in Jerusalem

April 28, 2009 ANERA
Education, School Infrastructure, West Bank
School Director Salwa Zananiri opens the new gate ANERA funded at Rawdat El Zuhur in East Jerusalem. School Director Salwa Zananiri opens the new gate.

A $3,000 grant from ANERA helped make the safety renovations possible. School principal Salwa Zananiri was grateful for the help: “Through ANERA’s generous contribution, we were able to make these crucial improvements to keep the school open and continue educating disadvantaged children.”

Much to the children’s delight, the wall leading to the nursery also has been cleaned up so they can draw colorful murals that will highlight historic Palestine. “The children will have a lot of fun painting the wall,” added Zananiri with a smile.

The elementary school was established in 1952 to rescue 25 young girls whose families were left destitute by the 1948 war. Today the school boasts more than 230 students.

As a partner in ANERA’s Scholarship Program, Rawdat el Zuhur still helps the needy. Students benefit from ANERA scholarships, which help cover their school expenses.

Rawdat El Zuhur youngsters especially enjoy music and art classes. The music program operates in cooperation with the Jerusalem-based Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, which ANERA has supported for more than a decade.

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