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a-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah Local Council
Mr. Younis Ja'far, Council President
052-274-3702

The Local Council of a-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah was established in 1994 and was known back then as the Local Council. Due to the natural population growth in the village, the council was renamed the Local Council of a-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah in 2002.

Since its establishment in 1994, the council has been providing residents with essential and basic services such as water, electricity and sanitation in addition to developmental services. Notable among these is the development of the village's infrastructure including roads, and educational, agricultural and industrial facilities.

Professionalism, planning and public interest

A-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah boasts high-quality infrastructure efficiently utilized to serve the residents under the supreme supervision of the Palestinian Municipality of Jerusalem.

The local council will work to develop the infrastructure in the village in order to foster agricultural and industrial investment, advance the overall level of the village, and increase its connection with Jerusalem.

  1. Rehabilitating the water distribution network and reducing debts.

  2. Establishing an emergency medical centre that will include a clinic for women and children.

  3. Establishing a gender-mixed elementary school that teaches until fourth grade.

  4. Paving bypass and main roads in the village.

  5. Improving and developing the services provided by the local council to the residents.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers with experience in field or office work and with knowledge on social surveys are welcome. Preference for fluent Arabic speakers.

Wish List:
  1. Copy machine.

  2. Projector.

  3. Two computers.
What We Have to Offer:
  1. Meeting hall.

  2. Information about the village, relevant maps, and statistics on residents.
Programmes and Projects
  1. A project to restore water wells: 16 wells will be restored or dug in the villages including in lands classified as Area C.

  2. Building shelters for sheep: 12 units have been funded and funds are being raised to build three additional shelters.

  3. Paving the Abd al-Qader Road.

  4. Renewing the internal water network in the neighbourhoods of al-Ja'afra and az-Za'atra. About 40% of the village's water network will be renewed in its project.

  5. Establishing a park in the village, with EU funding, in order to increase tourism and environmental awareness.

  6. A women empowerment project in the village in collaboration with Qader Organisation. The project trains women in administrative and financial matters so they can independently start small projects.