Bolstering Health System in Guwarsha and Education in Garyounis

20170703_110845 (1)Jeel Al-Wa'ad High School in Garyounis. Photo: ©UNDP/Nada Elfeituri.

 

In early July, the Jeel Al-Wa’ad High School principal, Mustafa Ali, received full of hope a contractor’s team, which will be in charge of the rehabilitation of the school in Garyounis.

Highlights

  • Garyounis and Guwarsha were some of the hardest hit areas during the conflict.
  • The clashes led to widespread damage to the public clinic in Guwarsha and the ‘Jeel Al-Wa’ad’ Secondary School in Garyounis.
  • Through the Stabilization Facility in Libya project supported by UNDP, the projects office of the Municipality of Benghazi has started the rehabilitation of a clinic in Guwarsha and the ‘Jeel Al-Wa’ad’ school in Garyounis.

“Educational institutes are a big priority for renovation,” said Mr. Ali. “We have to make sure that our youth receive an education despite the situation.”

Located in Benghazi’s western districts, Garyounis and Guwarsha were some of the hardest hit areas during the conflict. Thousands of families became displaced from the areas because of the fighting. Those who returned have been suffering from the lack of education and health services until now. 

“It’s difficult for us to constantly make the drive to central Benghazi for any kind of service, especially in an emergency. Renovation of any public service building will really help our people,” declared a Guwarsha resident.

The clashes led to widespread damage to the public clinic in Guwarsha and the ‘Jeel Al-Wa’ad’ Secondary School in Garyounis. The two building are now non-operational. The absence of services is preventing more displaced people from returning.

 “Most of our students had to enroll in other schools, and this really affected them. It will be a great achievement if the school re-opens and they can return to finish their education here”, said Eman Bennasser, school administration staff at the ‘Jeel Al-Wa’ad’ Secundary School in Garyounis.

20170703_112357Stabilization Facility in Libya project team meet with Jeel Al-Wa’ ad’ school administration for the handover at the lobby of the center. Photo: ©UNDP/Nada Elfeituri.

Through the Stabilization Facility in Libya project supported by UNDP, the projects office of the Municipality of Benghazi has started the rehabilitation of a clinic in Guwarsha and the ‘Jeel Al-Wa’ad’ school in Garyounis.

 “The new school year starts in a few months, and we want our students to be able to resume classes in their own area instead of enrolling in schools that are far away. This also goes for the staff of the school, many of whom live in the area too. Repairing the schools will positively affect the 12,000 people who live in Garyounis,” said Mohammed Faraj, a member of the neighbourhood council of Garyounis.

  “It’s an important facility especially for young children like my own, in case of any emergency. Guwarsha is far away from the city’s main hospitals which are already suffering with overcrowding, so it’s good that this clinic will function again for us and for other hospitals, affirmed a young mother living in Guwarsha.

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