Cross Border Regional Youth camp
A regional youth camp took place at our Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark in Jordan as part of the MEDFORVAL Project Program. Participants from Jordan, Israel and Palestine had the opportunity to gain and share knowledge about Forests Protection and Biodiversity. On the first day, after engaging in social activities, participants learned about the unique bio-geography of the region. On the second day they went on a lengthy tour of the EcoPark and learned how to undertake an ecological survey witnessing first-hand the EcoPark area's habitats and biodiversity. On the last day the group was taught how to differentiate between exotic and endemic species.
Women's Empowerment at Kaser el Yehud
A group of Israeli female 'Water Trustees' came to meet Palestinian female 'Water Trustees' at the Kaser el Yehud baptism site on the Lower Jordan River. The girls were divided into 3 groups, and each was assigned to study a different time period of the River: past, present and future. The 'historians' learned that the water in the River Jordan was once so abundant that boats were lost in its strong flow! The group researching the present saw pilgrims at the site being baptized in polluted water and were shocked that this is permitted, and the 'fortune tellers' drew a picture of the river slowly coming back to life.
The girls presented their short research to a group of tourists who were visiting the site, ending with the song written a few months earlier "We Will Change It". Holding hands in a circle before their farewell, each participant choose a word that she will take with her from the day: hope, love, trust, cooperation, friends, future. What a nice way to say goodbye!
Read more in our blog "Girl Power at the Jordan River".
Cross Border Youth Visit between Hebron and Bsor communities
In yet another cross border activity this month, this time focusing on the Hebron / Be'er Sheva watershed, youth from the Negev area in Israel braved the rainy weather forecast and greeted their Palestinian counterparts from the upstream village of Yatta. Luckily, the skies cleared up, and the group was able to visit the wastewater catchment facility located near the Green Line, between their communities.
The second part of the day took place near the Beer Sheva Stream, at the Freedom Bell Park, where participants heard the bell ringing and reflected that it sounded like a call for "every one of us to take part in the rehabilitation of the River".
EcoPeace's GWN staff –"Top 50 Social Activists" by Israeli Daily Newspaper
We are delighted that our Good Water Neighbors Community Coordinator from Baka el Gharbia, Mohammed Biadsi, was named 1 of the "Top 50 Social Activists" by the leading Israeli Daily Newspaper, Yediot Aharonot. Indeed, EcoPeace can confirm that Mohammed has been working tirelessly on environmental education in his community for as long as he can remember! Congratulations to Mohammed on the recognition!
EcoPeace’s Good Water Neighbors project is supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and USAID West Bank/Gaza.