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CHF International with partners from ICMA are taking the initiative of working on a participatory and strategic planning assessment with Palestinian Contractors Union (PCU) staff and members.

Three young Palestinian fellow engineers, Zeina, Walaa, and Adeeb, have just started their first day of a two-month internship at Khatib & Alami engineering offices in the United Arab Emirates.

With a majority of votes for female candidates, 8 young women and 5 young men were elected yesterday to the BirZeit Youth Local Council (YLC).

CHF International launched its Physical Planning Intervention for five Local Councils including Beit Jalah, Ar - Ram, Bir Zeit, ‘Aqraba, ‘Anabta, and Al-Yamun under the Local Government and Infrastructure Program funded by USAID. 15 representatives attended the meeting including local council heads and members. The LGI team introduced the main objectives of the meeting including the launching of physical planning and aerial photography projects. The team also introduced the consulting firms’ staff who will visit local councils during the upcoming ten months. Roles and responsibilities of stakeholders were explained including CHF’s role in closely following up on all technical and physical planning aspects.

Heavy rain and bad weather did not prevent volunteers from participating in the initiative "Anabta Clean and Traffic Safe" in Anabta – Tulkarm Governorate. Efforts were combined to alleviate the consequences of the recent flooding in town, in collaboration with Anabta Youth Local Council (YLC), the Municipality of Anabta, volunteers from CHF International, Anabta Police, and others from the YLC in Salfit, and Anabta community. Volunteers participated in different activities such as; reuse of materials, drawing on walls, ceramic murals, in addition to planting trees. This initiative is part of the Local Governance and Infrastructure Program “LGIâ€‌ funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by CHF International.

"Anabta Clean and Traffic Safe" This initiative is part of the Local Governance and Infrastructure Program “LGIâ€‌ funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by CHF International.

March 12,2013- CHF International signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Palestinian Contractors Union (PCU), a body that represents over 400 contractors in the West Bank and Gaza, many of whom CHF has worked with over the past decade to provide new or rehabilitated infrastructure, such as schools, clinics, parks, and roads. The MoU outlines CHF’s and partners ICMA’s support to the PCU via the Local Government and Infrastructure Program (LGI) funded by USAID, including assistance in developing a strategic plan, training the board of directors, and providing an opportunity to travel to the U.S. to meet with and exchange knowledge with American counterparts. This support will enable the PCU to better serve and respond to member needs, which is critical given the importance of the construction sector to the Palestinian economy.

March 12,2013- CHF International signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Palestinian Contractors Union (PCU)

Nasser Tukan, a fellow engineer engaged in the ‘Engineering Fellows Program’ shared his experience saying: “this is the first time I work in the field as an Engineer, at Al Haffasi Primary Co-educational School project in Kafr al Labad. What distinguishes this program is that we learn through practical experience, we also learn how to be responsible, how to deal with contractors directly, and how to properly document and report everything. During my study in the university, I noticed great difference between instructors who have practical experience and those who don’t have. Hence, my goal is to be an academic in the future so I can share the experience I gained with other people and students.” The Engineering Fellows Program is part of the Local Governance and Infrastructure Program (LGI), funded by USAID, and implemented by CHF International.

February 28-2013- Beit Fajjar: About 400 youth in Beit Fajjar elected the 13 Youth Local Council (YLC) members of which five were females, surpassing the quota by two. This initiative is funded by USAID and implemented by CHF International in partnership with Sharek under the Local Government and Infrastructure Program.