Harnessing the sun to power schools in the West Bank

Harnessing the sun to power schools in the West Bank
Power is costly for schools in Palestine as they depend on buying different sources of energy from neighbouring countries. Our project ‘Toward Sustainable Energy in Palestine’ installed solar panels on 40 schools in the West Bank thanks to funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“With this innovative method, we just need the sun, which is free to everyone!” says Project Coordinator, Ali Abdou.

Excess energy from the solar panels is on-sold to a power company with the profits being invested back into schools in Salfit, Nablus and Jenin.

To ensure the initiative is sustainable, World Vision Jerusalem West Bank Gaza has trained village representatives to maintain, repair and install solar panel systems themselves.

We have also worked with Palestine children to educate them about caring for the environment. Many have planted trees and used recycled materials such as tires to create garden beds, seats and art installations on school grounds.

“I knew little about recycling. I thought it was complicated and needed lots of effort and specialized people, but I was introduced to how easy it is to recycle many things and use them again,” says 14-year-old Duaa. “I replicated what we did in school in the small garden we have at our house. Now our backyard looks more beautiful. I made chairs out of rubber tires and painted them in bright colours.”

About our work in Jerusalem West Bank Gaza
We have been working in Jerusalem West Bank Gaza since 1975. World Vision’s budget is primarily spent on education, health, economic development and child protection initiatives to improve child wellbeing and empower communities for change.