Lajee Center Kindergarten

The goal of the Kindergarten is to create a loving environment for pre-school children within the Aida community, fostering a culture of respect and inclusiveness. Click HERE for more information.

Expanding the Impact of The Water Lab Program:

To date, the program has had a measureable impact on the lives of people. Water testing conducted by 1for3’s existing Water Lab program has benefited all of the households in the Aida and Azza refugee camps, and in Walaja village. All homes were tested for E-coli and Coliform bacteria and the ones that were found infected were cleaned. In 30 cases, 1for3 changed old water tanks with new ones to safeguard home-based drinking water supplies.

There is a dire need for Water Lab to be further developed by creating a highly specialized water-testing lab in the Lajee Center. Updating the existing lab will make water-testing services more comprehensive by encompassing all methods of biological, chemical, and physical testing. The expansion of the existing water lab in the Lajee Center will also enable more technicians to be trained at higher levels to test water samples and to provide information on combatting water-borne diseases. Currently, this is not possible without a specialized lab with the necessary devices to test the PH, EC, TDS, SAR, temperature, and chemical parameters of the water such as Na, Ci, NO3, HCO3, Ca, Cl, SO4, and heavy metals. Click HERE for more information.

Expanding our Signature Health Program, Health For Palestine (H4P)

1for3 is expanding the Community Health Program, H4P, to communities in the Nablus area via a local partner, the Yaffa Center, located in the UN-run Balata refugee camp. H4P is a based on a community health model created with Harvard Medical School. Over the last two years, H4P has successfully served residents in the Bethlehem area via the UN-run Aida and Azza refugee camps.

H4P has been effective in helping camp residents achieve better health. Diabetes and hypertension, which are increasing dramatically in the West Bank, contribute to the major causes of death in the occupied Palestinian territory and globally. Community health workers not only help prevent heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and premature death associated with chronic diseases, but they also contribute to community cohesion, resilience, and psychosocial support in the face of ongoing trauma.

Since the start of home visits by H4P in March 2018, after a rigorous community health worker training program developed and implemented by 1for3 Medical Director and Harvard physician Bram Wispelwey, preliminary data show that the vast majority of uncontrolled diabetic patients served have experienced an improvement in their diabetic control. Compared with United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) patients (including Lebanon, Gaza, West Bank, and Jordan), of whom only 28% are under good diabetic control with a Hemoglobin A1C <7, 55% of our patients are now controlled: nearly twice the UNRWA average (Figures 1,2). As of July 2019, only 15.2% of our patients have a HbA1C of >9, which is better than the average of 15.6% in the United States. Click HERE for more information.

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Rooftop Gardens Aid Healthy Foods

With the help of 1for3 there are now 30 greenhouses on the rooftops of homes in two refugee camps. Families in the UNRWA Aida and Azzeh camps have been trained to cultivate crops and maintain greenhouses to successfully grow food to the point of near self-sustenance. The Environment Unit at the Lajee Center in Aida camp, with the help of 1for3, has led this effort. Families in the program meet their fresh-food needs by growing vegetables and fruits organically while also establishing a notion of food security amidst the ongoing Israeli occupation. The project goes beyond simply helping to cultivate healthy food by encouraging families to keep traditions of farming alive for two and three generations. Gardening in this way also serves as a form of therapy for camp residents through the process of planting, sowing, and reaping.

Recycling Leads to New Public Spaces

In an experimental effort, the Lajee Center in UNRWA's Aida camp, has a new rooftop garden made out of recycled materials. Staff with local and international volunteers have been reusing and recycling non-organic materials to build a rooftop garden and recreational space at the center. Using old wooden pallets and tires perimeter flowerbeds, garden chairs, and tea tables have been created. This emerging infrastructure has become a place for growing essential Palestinian herbs used in cooking, as well as delicate flowers. Furthermore, murals have been painted on all of the walls to liven up the area. This pilot project reduces camp waste while providing ways for local residents to continually beautify living spaces. 1for3 is working to reproduce this model in other areas and rooftops of the camp.