Community Partnership Pilot Course

In 2003, two coordinators implemented a community outreach programme for the comprehensive rehabilitation project planned for the Ribat Ala' al-Din al-Baseer, one of the oldest pilgrims' hostels in Jerusalem that has been home to the Palestinian African community since the late Ottoman period. The community relations aspect of the project is considered crucial to the success of restoration of the complex. The original Mamluk structure has been built upon to accommodate growing families in this tight-knit community, and has resulted in poor infrastructure, services and structurally dangerous buildings. Some of the residents with technical skills are joining in the restoration work.