New Palestinian house building in the Jordan Valley
JVS is currently running a project of house building in Arab El Ka’abneh, in Al Auja village, southern Jordan Valley, funded by the Spanish cooperation and in partnership with Ma’an Development Centre.
The aim of the project is to support this Palestinian Bedouin community to stay on its land.
They are currently living under very harsh conditions, under metal shelters, very cold in the winter, and very hot in the summer.
This community is surrounded by three settlements and a checkpoint and live under the shade of two big Jewish-only water reservoirs.
They have no access to electricity and have to go to buy their drinking water to the Israeli water company, Mekorot, kilometers away with their tractor and mobile water tank.
Eight houses are currently under construction, both in concrete and mud bricks, regarding the needs and wishes of the families.
About 10 workers from both Ka’abneh community and other Jordan Valley villages are working everyday to build those houses. JVS volunteers come as well to help them on a regular bases.
Most of the workers had no knowledge in building before we started the project. Today, they are all able to build their own house, in concrete or in mud bricks.