Many Palestinian communities in the West Bank have little or no access to drinking water. This is mainly due to policies of the Israeli occupation, but it also has to do with water mismanagement on the part of the PA and the population itself. This project uses the wastewater re-use as a way to help three local communities in the West Bank develop self-governance and inter-institutional dialogue, increasing understanding of democracy and human rights among these communities.
We chose to target three villages — Aljania, Raskarkar, and Ein Arik — in the most remote areas of Ramallah. The villages have little or no access to water, but strong local committees. Each local community is working to create a local water council and to strengthen their relationship with regional authorities and existing institutions that are focused on water rights issues in Palestine.
Thanks to a generous grant from the European Union, we will be working with the community office in Ramallah, the Ministry of Justice, Agriculture and PAW, as well as cooperating with Arab communities in Israel on their experience of creating local counsels, to encourage development of local water counsels and improve cross-institutional dialogue. We will train members of the village council, heads of families, farmers and women to target regional and national decision makers to increase their commitment to local councils and communities without water.