There are many houses in Bethlehem and in the surrounding areas that are in dire need of repair. The Emergency Job Creation Program was established by FFHL’s Franciscan Family Center to accomplish two purposes. One is to provide employment for local Palestinian Christians and the other is to upgrade houses so that the inhabitants can reside in improved living conditions.
“IT IS BOTH A PAINFUL AND ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE.
IT’S JUST LIKE CLIMBING A HIGH PEAK,
STEP BY STEP,
ACCOMPANIED WITH HARDSHIPS,
FRUSTRATION, ENCOURAGEMENT AND TRUST
AND WITH SO MANY KIND PEOPLE TO HELP.”
-Sr. Maria Grech, Project Director
As Project Director, Sr. Maria, visits the local families in the area, she assesses the various needs and assistance of each of them in regards to a future renovation of their homes as well as selecting families lacking adequate employment to afford the renovations that are so necessary.
Sr. Maria goes on to say, “Life in this part of the world is far from normal, hard to predict and almost impossible to plan ahead. It is determination that leads us to keep working for a better tomorrow and a better future for our Christian families. We owe them this.” It will only be through the continued support of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land that these goals will be accomplished.