European Union representatives joined more than 300 Palestinian students from ten schools in East Jerusalem as they launched the EU-funded environmental initiative ”My Green Jerusalem” in which the students cleaned the streets of the city.
The initiative amassed efforts of seven Palestinian organisations supported under the EU East Jerusalem Programme. In preparation for the activity, the students were trained by EU grantee CESVI on trash collection and separation methods. Young volunteers from PalVision accompanied the students in the activity. The collected trash was categorized into environmentally-friendly bags, whereas recyclables will be utilized to create green works of art. The art works will be presented later this month in a public exhibition.
The EU funds their activity in East Jerusalem under the EU East Jerusalem Programme. This Programme is a multi-sectoral investment that has grown to over 10 million Euros annually. It covers areas ranging from education to health; social inclusion to private sector development; community empowerment to human rights. Through this programme, the EU has worked consistently with Palestinian partner organizations to support the development of a vibrant and diverse civil society in East Jerusalem.