We are proud to report that the rooftop gardens project of the Environment Unit is expanding to reach more families in more refugee camps in the West Bank. This project provides food security for the residents who are suffering from the Israeli occupation and through these gardens they feel a sense of connection to their lands which were stolen from them.
The project encourages them to keep their traditions alive, and to continue striving to make significant changes in their lives despite the obstacles that they face. With each seed planted, they resist the eradication of their land, culture and history.
The Environment Unit is monitoring the progress of the gardens and have observed that most families are able to yield crops from their garden every season. The families meet their needs by growing vegetables and fruits organically, without any chemical fertilizers.
The Environment Unit is also working hard on a new project on the rooftop of Lajee Center. Two days ago, children and volunteers worked together in the heat to create some major renovations to the rooftop garden above the center.
The old greenhouse will be turned into a huge, cosy shed where volunteers can hang out with one another and activities can take place.
Garden furniture is crafted out of recycled wooden pallets and the walls of the roof are also being painted on to make the area more vibrant.
We really hope that the rooftop gardens project continues to grow and can impact more families throughout the West Bank.