Project: Computer Lab for the Beit Ommar Library and Youth Center
Location: Beit Ommar, Hebron
The Beit Ommar Library and Youth Center provides a needed service in the village. However, as every- day needs require a computer and internet connection, patrons of the library –mostly students working on research – are in need of computers. The rural students in the Hebron and Bethlehem districts of the West Bank lack internet access in agricultural communities. This lack has caused rural students to fall behind their urban peers, putting them at a severe disadvantage when forced to compete for college admission and the local job market. The Jerusalem Fund secured a grant to help the youth fulfill their academic potential. The computer lab will give them tools to overcome the obstacles they face, and to break the cycle of rural disadvantage.