In 2015, the village of Asira al-Shamaliya granted PHF a piece of land to develop into a park for children. The park is accessible to six other villages, and it has the potential to reach 15,000-20,000 children. This project is being developed through a partnership between the municipality of Asira al-Shamaliya and PHF.

There are three sites planned for the park. The first site is a skate board park, sponsored by Skate Pal, a Scottish organization. The skate board park was installed in September-October 2015, equipment has been supplied, and local children are being instructed in skateboarding in the spring of 2016.

The second site is a playground sponsored by the American organization Playgrounds for Palestine. It will be completed by September 2016. The third site will be a future theater that PHF hopes to complete by 2019. The municipality of Asira al-Shamaliya continues to work with PHF to make these projects a reality, as they will benefit thousands of children in the region. PHF’s main role in this collaboration is to help the municipality find funding sources for the projects and to help raise awareness about thes in the community.

To do this, PHF has hosted workshops for schoolchildren telling them about current and future plans for the site.

PHF Director Mohammed Sawalha, the mayor of the village of Asira al-Shamaliya, and one of the project engineers visit the construction site in August 2015 where a playground will soon stand. (Photo by Katie Conlon)

PHF Director Mohammed Sawalha, the mayor of the village of Asira al-Shamaliya, and one of the project engineers visit the construction site in August 2015 where a playground now stands. (Photo by Katie Conlon)