‘Asira Al-Qibliyah Clean-Up Day
On 23 April two people from IWPS and four from ISM went to ‘Asira for a work day to clean an empty house that is to become a community center. Ten locals directed the work and labored alongside internationals.
The courtyard was covered a foot-deep in mud, grass and rubbish. After the debris was removed, the courtyard was cleaned with water. The building consists of three rooms: a living room, a kitchen and a small bathroom. The living rooms walls were scrubbed and cleaned, since much of the paint and plaster was falling off due to water damage. This room will be used in the future as a classroom for the women and children of ‘Asira.
The kitchen, which will be used to make soap, was covered in ash since the fire two years ago. The team scrubbed it with brushes and water, making a lot of progress but it still needs a lot of work. The bathroom and toilet facilities were cleaned but need much more work because the plumbing will not work until a new tank in procured. The new tank costs 700 shekels and the women’s center is currently looking for a funding.
The town ‘Asira Al-Qibliyah is located near Nablus city. It is a town of 2,500 people with a strong women’s group. In February 2013 the Palestinian Authority accepted a founding of a new women’s center in the town. The women have scheduled a programme of embroidery, soap-making, women’s health classes and more. One of the women in the group donated her old house to be a center but the house was in bad shape and needed a lot of cleaning.
Source: IWPS HOUSE REPORT No. 31: ‘Asira Al-Qibliyah Clean-Up Day