CHF International to Revitalize Palestinian Parks System

CHF International to Revitalize Palestinian Parks System

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 25 /PRNewswire/—CHF International, a major international development and humanitarian relief organization, has launched a 12-month program funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) that will build and revitalize at least 16 parks throughout the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank.

In addition to providing enhanced recreational access and an improved quality of life for over 800,000 community members, the Palestinian American Recreation and Conservation Services Project (PARCS) will provide residents with immediate employment opportunities through construction and revitalization projects.

In addition, architecture students from local universities will be involved in the parks' design and construction, thereby offering them practical training and exposure to participatory and professional design approaches, while promoting a sense of civic responsibility and pride, by participating in establishment of local parks.

All facilities created or upgraded through the PARCS project will provide residents in the West Bank and Gaza with recreational areas that will ensure access for physically challenged community members, while protecting the environment and creatively using local resources. As with all of CHF International's projects around the world, the organization will ensure that all community stakeholders -- particularly women, children, youth, the elderly and those with special needs -- are active participants in the design and implementation of the project.

"We are proud to expand our existing housing, infrastructure and extensive lending work in Gaza and the West Bank with a project that will have such a palpable impact on residents' quality of life," said CHF International's Vice President of External Relations, John Chromy. He added, "It's so important to provide recreational facilities that will help to counter the detrimental effects of living in conflict, while helping to restore the area's historical beauty."

CHF International has been active in the West Bank and Gaza for over 10 years, and is already implementing several successful programs focused on access to credit for businesses and housing, vocational training, community planned infrastructure construction and environmental enhancement.

Founded in 1952, CHF International is a non-profit development organization that serves as a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping families improve their economic circumstances, environment and infrastructure. The organization provides technical expertise and leadership in international development, including critical emergency management following disasters and civil conflict. CHF International has worked in over 100 countries worldwide since its inception.