REFORM organizes a field trip to Ein Qiniya

With the participation of a number of youth activists from different Palestinian areas, The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development-REFORM implemented a fieldtrip to Ein Qiniya to shed light on the daily issues facing people living in this marginalized area, particularly those which are related to the polluted water springs of Ein Qiniya.

Ein Qiniya includes dozens of water springs such as Ein al Louza, Aljahran pond, Ras el Wad, and Ein al Kafriya. In fact, according to the report of the Journalist, Nizar Habash, and based on a sample taken from one of the springs, every 100 millimeter of water is polluted with 228 stool microbes, and the pollution rate is much higher in other areas as well.

The fieldtrip highlighted concepts and values related to developing social transformation tools, and participants were able to reflect on the hard living conditions and the marginalized status of residents in Ein Qiniya, which hinders their access to services as well as developmental and economic opportunities. Therefore, REFORM believes in the importance of establishing interactive spaces to nurture the social awareness on the importance of promoting the culture of local development, develop tools to enhance the quality of service in marginalized areas, and establish a participatory environment, through which, participants can come together to bridge the gaps amongst them and promote social cohesion within Palestinian society.

Ashraf Yaqub, a resident of Ein Qiniya village, added that the cause of the pollution is the fact that the water springs are near a sewage purification plan run by the governorate of Ramallah; as these waters were used for drinking, swimming, and attracting tourists before they became polluted with the sewage’s waters.

The participant, Hasan Ayyad, stated that the disparity in the living conditions between different regions is a challenge that everyone should seek to mitigate its repercussions, and that this experience has deepened his awareness on multiple issues that the village of Ein Qiniya undergoes as a result of the pollution.

This Activity is part of the Innovation Hub – Sociocultural Platform which seeks to contribute to bridging the gaps between the various community components on both social and economic levels; providing a safe and interactive platform to enable all members of different groups of society to participate in decision making processes, especially youth and women; and to improve their living conditions by developing untraditional production patterns, enhancing cooperation and partnership between targets groups, and increasing social responsibility of the private sector.

This work has been achieved with Facilitating Social Participation of Palestinian Refugees – GIZ implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).