Since 2010 supporters and volunteers have been helping village schools in Burin and Madama in the West Bank. For a summary of our earlier projects, please click here. Every autumn during the olive harvest, trustees visit the schools to meet the headmasters, check on ongoing or completed projects and discuss future needs.
In October 2015 trustees visited the Burin Community School to meet the headmaster, Ibrahim Oman (better known as Abu Ameer). His priority was to extend the weather protective canopy outside the classrooms (as shown above after completion). A section of 10 metres had already been constructed and the Olive Harvest Trust provided £2,000 needed for a further 20 metres.
2017: Our most ambitious project to date is completed – the spectators’ awning
In 2016 it was agreed to fund a second awning which was completed in January 2017 at a total cost of £6,000. It was constructed by local craftsmen, so adding to the local economy. The location of the awning between the basketball court/ playground and the football pitch makes it ideal for sheltering spectators during matches and students during break times – rain or shine.
On the trustees’ visit in October 2017 it was clear that this was a very successful project and much used by the students, as shown by the photos below. A plaque was attached in memory of Nick Shipton, a fellow volunteer harvester, who died unexpectedly in the UK in 2016.
English language books – delivered!
The October 2017 harvest trip also saw a hand-delivery by trustees and volunteers of dozens of brand new English books for adolescents, an eclectic selection ranging from Michael Morpurgo to Shakespeare and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter. The Burin Community School’s English teachers, Mounir and Feras, were thrilled to have such quality books in pristine condition.
Lap-tops to Madama Boys’ School
Madama Boys’ School was not forgotten either. On the same 2017 trip, trustees delivered three brand new laptops to Ayed Al-Qot, the headmaster. Again they were received with huge appreciation as funds from the Palestinian Authority do not stretch to such ‘luxuries’. These lap-tops will be used by teachers to prepare lessons and do research.