Housing Renovation Projects Improving Lives: 2006 to present

12:00 May 31 2011 Bethlehem

Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land:

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. Sr. Maria Grech, who heads up the project, says “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.” 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.
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