Our Achievements

2016

Hosted a temporary health facility at Al-Azza and Aida camps in Bethlehem, focusing on child and maternal welfare, as well as ENT (ear, nose and throat). Health professionals from Boston, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem tested and treated 250 patients.

Began assessments for a new water testing program at Al-Azza Camp, by funding a team from Tufts University's Water: Systems, Science & Society program to conduct surveys and water quality testing.

Funded one more rooftop garden in Aida Camp. This phase included 10 rooftop gardens for needy families. Six were built by 1for3 and four by Al-Awda: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition in California.

Funded youth health and wellness activities at Aida. The program includes sports activities that take place at Aida's playground.

Continued funding a scholarship at Al-Quds University allowing the Lajee Center's Environment Unit director Shatha Al-Azza, to complete her Master of Science in environmental studies.

Funded new water testing programs at Al-Azza Camp, Al-Walaja Village in Bethlehem, and Al-Aroub Camp in Hebron through fall 2016. The goal is to replicate the successful environment unit in Aida Camp at these locations starting with water testing, and then moving to rooftop gardens and recycling programs.

Organized the first Walk for Water 5K in Cambridge, Massachusetts to support Palestinian refugees. More than 20 teams, 217 walkers, participated.



2015

Organized a team of physicians and health professionals in partnership with Medical Missions for Children (MMFC.org) and, in April 2015, traveled with them to Aida Camp to treat patients at a temporary facility. This trip focused on maternal and child welfare, while gathering data to for establishing a community health center. The team tested and treated 240 women and children.

Built fifth successful plot for the rooftop garden project. One on Lajee Center's roof was built by a youth group as part of the training program on food independence. Data from a camp-wide health survey identified 29 food-insecure families. 1for3 paid for materials to build rooftop gardens for four families, reducing their reliance on externally sourced produce. 1for3 plans to fund more rooftop gardens as it evaluates individual households' needs. Funded scholarship at Bethlehem University for the director of the Music Unit at Lajee Center. The director meets with students for 4 hours per week to coordinate music lessons and training.

Initiated medical clinics in two refugee camps. American doctors worked alongside Palestinian healthcare staff from the West Bank.



2014

Co-sponsored Mohammed Al-Azzeh, media director at the Lajee Center, to speak about and exhibit his work on Aida Camp at film festivals and universities around the U.S. Al-Azzeh discussed the effects of the Israeli occupation on the lives of Aida residents, which in turn helped expand the work at the Lajee Center to other Palestinian communities.

Built rooftop gardens for three needy families at Aida. Families own the gardens and save nearly 60 percent of their costs on produce.

Funded workshops to educate youth on environment and agriculture. These workshops help families sustain their rooftop gardens.

Initiated an athletics program to boost youth health and wellness activities at Aida.

Sponsored a major fundraiser in Boston, Massachusetts, to support media program at Lajee.

Funded and built flood control system that diverts floodwater from Aida Camp playground so community can use it in winter.

Funded Lajee's media center, a critical element of its program for outreach, fundraising, documentation of its activities, and for youth learning about media literacy.

Outreach and communication trip to UAE. 1for3 presented its work to individuals and organizations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, who supported our work.



2013

Conducted the first ever health survey of Aida Camp residents with the Lajee Center and Tufts University's Water: Systems, Science & Society program. Survey data was key in identifying overall needs of the residents, as well as harm caused by their lack of access to adequate clean water.

Provided needy Aida Camp families with 29 new rooftop tanks. The crews identified families in need based on initial water quality tests. Replacing rooftop tanks decreases contamination and incidence of diarrhea and other water-borne illnesses.

Built three prototype gardens at the Lajee Center and created a space where Aida residents (particularly youth) can meet to study agriculture. Each garden at Lajee is 12.5m2, and contains fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Built first prototype rooftop garden at Lajee, establishing an ongoing garden project. The garden allows youth to learn about water usage, agriculture, and public health.

Funded travel and expenses for professors and graduate students from Harvard and Tufts Universities to conduct research at Aida aimed at identifying the most pressing water, health, and related educational issues to be addressed by future projects. Research trips took place in January and August.

Established and funded technical scholarships at Bir Zeit University, a top engineering center in the West Bank, for two students from Aida Camp. Recipients, in turn, volunteer at Lajee Center.



2012

Worked with a faculty and graduate student team from Tufts University to conduct preliminary research on water resources at Aida Camp. The team — part of the university's interdisciplinary WSSS Program — successfully started an ongoing water quality monitoring and testing program that continues to document problems of water supply and contaminated water at Aida Camp. Testing program later grew to include 15 local teenagers working on water and environmental projects at Aida and elsewhere in the West Bank. 

Conducted an initial health survey at Aida to help determine camp residents' health and wellness needs. This survey provided the basis for later research.



2011

Collaborated with Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), an African NGO, to assist in construction of a water holding tank benefitting 20,000 residents in the notorious urban slum of Kibera, a section of Nairobi, Kenya.

2010

Initiated study and engineering plans to provide drinking water to residents of Gitwe, Rwanda by siting wells at the nearest available source of clean water, 21 km away. The project funded well-digging and spring box construction.