Palestine Islamic Bank Supports Two Schools in Jerusalem
Palestine Islamic Bank presented two contributions to support “Al-Fatah Al-Lajea' Primary School for Girls” and “Riyad Al-Aqsa” School in Occupied Jerusalem. The contributions were given to help covering financial commitments for both schools.
General Manager of Palestine Islamic Bank; Bayan Qasem said: “the Bank have a solid commitment towards the holy city to support its sustainability in different sectors”. He affirmed that this is a national duty everyone should do in order to help the steadfastness of Jerusalemites, which can take place by providing all their needs from infrastructure and services. This form of support can empower them and their children to continue their education in a suitable environment.
Qasem said that the Bank allocates 35% of its annual CSR budget to serve the social responsibility agenda through the support of health and education sectors adding: “We believe that the rise of nations can only be achieved by education and we believe that education needs the sound minds that can turn it into a good that benefits and uplift people."
Mr. Nabil Hammoudeh, head of Riyad Al-Aqsa school thanked Palestine Islamic Bank for this donation stressing on the importance of these donations role in empowering the persistence of people in Jerusalem, considering the support the of his students in their schools is an affirmation to the established Arab identity of the Holy City.
Hammoudeh drew attention to the fact that the school consist of 3 buildings in Al-Saediyeh neighbourhood, Bab Hutta gate and Haram Al-Sharif where they include 420 students, he revealed that these schools suffers from a financial deficit and can’t cover the salaries for their workers and the running/ administrative costs, since these schools receive simple fees from the students and don’t receive any funding from Jerusalem municipality. He added by saying: that the donation made by PIB will be used to cover student’s fees and to buy clothes and stationery for the students in need.
The second donation was made for Al-Fatah Allajea' Primary School for Girls. Head of the school Mrs. Ietidal AlAshhab thanked Palestine Islamic Bank for the generous donation saying that the money will be used to cover the running cost, which will empower the school in its struggle against the continuous attempts made by the Israeli occupation to make things difficult for them and force them to shut down.
It is worth mentioning that the Palestine Islamic Bank responded to the initiative made by Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Sabri Saidam, and renovated
Al Nahda School in the occupied city of Jerusalem. The Bank carried out maintenance and rehabilitation work for the school located in Al-Wad Street located inside the walls of the Old City. The maintenance activities included enhancing the school environment through the rehabilitation of classrooms and the isolation of roofs and maintenance of umbrellas and some other things at a total cost of nearly 40 thousand dollars.
Health sector wise, the Bank has provided a (C.B.C) machine as a donation to Beit Anan Medical Centre in order to facilitate the service of patients who benefit from the centre in villages surrounding Ramallah and Jerusalem.