The Water Resources Action Project (WRAP) recently broke ground on its third project, a cistern system at the Battir Girls High School, located near Bethlehem in Battir, a Palestinian village. Visited and vetted through WRAP President and THG Managing Partner Brendan McGinnis, the school has 120 female students in three grades. WRAP funds and constructs rainwater-harvesting systems at schools throughout the Middle East, accompanied by a strong educational program and monitoring procedures.
Immediate benefits to the school and surrounding community include reliable usage of clean restrooms throughout the entire school year. The school will also be able to implement a summer camp and community garden, both made possible with the installation of WRAP’s rain harvesting project.
On April 9, Mr. McGinnis presented at Monmouth University’s, Global Understanding Convention in New Jersey, providing his first-hand account of the Middle Eastern water conflict, resulting impact on human health and the environment, what difference can be made now, WRAP’s role, and lessons learned along the way. To view his full remarks and accompanying presentation, visit this month’s featured column at http://bit.ly/THGApril2013FC.
To learn about WRAP and become involved, visit www.wrapdc.org.