Anera surprised 45 students with a back-to-school welcome gift to boost their morale at the start of their senior year.
It is that time of the year — time to welcome students back to school! And we did just that this week at the Rosary Sisters School in Gaza. Anera surprised 45 students with a back-to-school welcome gift to boost their morale at the start of their senior year.
With support from USAID, Anera built and furnished a new floor at the school. Now students can spread out into five new classrooms. We also added office rooms, a teachers' room, and handicap accessible toilet units.
One hundred twenty-five students now enjoy a state-of-the-art educational environment that stimulates their learning and growth. This intervention goes beyond providing physical infrastructure. Before Anera added the floor, the school did not have the capacity to keep their students enrolled through the twelfth grade. Children who had attended the school since kindergarten had to leave for other schools mid-way through high school. The new floor means that all students at the school can graduate with their friends and teachers. They also enjoy more extracurricular activities, which promote their empowerment and positive change.
"These gifts are a perfect way to start my senior year!"
Meet 17-year-old Khozam
“These gifts [from Anera] are a perfect way to start my senior year! I have been studying at the Rosary Sisters School since kindergarten. The new floor is so nice and comfortable. I am so lucky to be part of the first group to take classes here!
"I imagine this year will be a much better learning experience for me with the new classrooms and smart boards. The classrooms definitely bring positive energy into learning. This is happening at a perfect time, since it's my last year of high school! I am excited to see what this year will bring.
"My dream is to study medicine. This year I am going to work hard to make my dreams a reality. I have a detailed plan for my future. It is going to be a long journey, but my end goal is to study abroad, become a neurosurgeon and return to Gaza to help my people. Wish me luck!”
This program is part of Anera’s USAID-funded Palestinian Community Infrastructure Development Program, which has built a strong reputation throughout Palestine by providing essential education, water, health, and community infrastructure projects.