Housing Renovation Project

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House Renovation Projects

Bethlehem's Housing Renovation Project

There are many houses in Bethlehem and in the surrounding areas that are in dire need of repair. The Emergency Job Creation Program was established by FFHL’s Franciscan Family Center to accomplish two purposes. One is to provide employment for local Palestinian Christians and the other is to upgrade houses so that the inhabitants can reside in improved living conditions.

“It is both a painful and enjoyable experience. It’s just like climbing a high peak, step by step, accompanied with hardships, frustration, encouragement and trust and with so many kind people to help.” Sr. Maria Grech

She went on to say that it is a task that could not be accomplished without the help of friends of the Franciscan Foundation.

As Sr. Maria visits the local families in the area, she assesses the various needs and assistance of each of them in regards to a future renovation of their home as well as selecting young men who have a family but do not have adequate employment.

One of the projects that were recently completed involved a family of four whose bathroom and kitchen were in bad shape. For just $3500 they were able to replace old tile, rusted water and sewage pipes, broken fixtures and the floor in the bathroom as well as install new kitchen cabinets.

Sr. Maria goes on to say, “Life in this part of the world is far from normal, hard to predict and almost impossible to plan ahead. It is determination that leads us to keep working for a better tomorrow and a better future for our Christian families. We owe them this.”

It will only be through the continued support of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land that these goals will be accomplished.


To donate on-line click here.

Completed Projects

  • Rehabilitation of Al Lousy House (1,14 MB)
  • Rehabilitation works of Begy House (1,11 MB)
  • Renovation of Bishara House (366,39 KB)

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