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Eco-garden Room at the Ramallah Friends Schools

The Ramallah Friends Schools raised $30,000 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dutch Mennonites and GIZ (German Development Bank) to fund the construction of a green room made of recycled waste (glass bottles and compacted soil, etc.). Students will help build the room on the Swift House property. The Swift House property houses an RFS-run Environmental Awareness building center for students from all over the West Bank. Several demonstrations were built, including a soil profile, gray water filtration system, photovoltaic cells that generate enough electricity to light the garden at night, education bee hive, bicycles that light a bulb and make juice, a solar cooker, etc. Joyce Ajlouny, RFS director, helped fundraise over $80,000 during the past two years to make available this wonderful facility for the wider community. The school’s organic garden is producing much seasonal produce, and parents are sweeping the market with pleasure.