Pursuing its goals to finance and support vital development projects that help preserve the Arab-islamic identity of Al Quds and stabilize the population on their land, Bayt Mal al Quds agency has carried out several projects encompassing all vital sectors: housing, renovation, education, health, social projects, sports and culture.
First : Housing and renovating monuments and historic buildings:
The city of Al Quds is subject to an ever-escalating aggression that seeks to keep the biggest part of land and the smallest number of people. For this reason, the Agency is seizing every opportunity to maintain endangered buildings and real estate properties. This sector is granted a particular interest given its crucial role in keeping the population of Al Quds on their land and confront the settlement and expulsion measures. Housing is also vital for preserving the Arab and Islamic presence in the city and contributes to solve the housing problems facing the city of Al Quds as building costs increase and construction licenses are getting increasingly difficult to obtain. The Agency addresses this problem by:
- Financing and supporting individual and collective loaning programs for construction and renovation of old houses: This project consists in extending easy-terms and interest-free loans to Al Quds population with low and medium income in order to build new housing units or finish those under construction. Each of these loans does not exceed 45,000 dollars for new construction and 25,000 dollars to for finishing works. Carried out by the Palestinian housing council, the project has benefited 319 families, or 1,835 persons from the city. Amounts reimbursed went to 42 families or 236 persons. With this project, the agency contributed to improving the housing conditions of recipients, decreasing the density rate, encouraging citizens to request construction licenses, protecting land spots against expropriation, preserving the Arab and Islamic identity of the city and preventing the displacement of these families to live outside the city.
- Teachers housing: The project seeks to help the teachers of Al Quds get a housing of their own and help them stay in the city, especially that most of them have a low income. They teach in Arab schools of Al Quds and have refused other jobs in order to preserve Arab education in the city under the auspices of the Islamic waqf. The agency has financed the costs related to the construction license.
- Renovating houses belonging to the poor and socially-excluded people: The project consists in granting small allowances to poor and socially-excluded families in order to ensure to the population of Al Quds the basic conditions of a decent housing. The idea behind the project is to intervene in order to improve the living conditions inside houses where poor families, and especially divorced women, widows, disabled persons, sick people and old persons, live below the poverty line. Intervention, in this case, is done through renovating houses, adding the basic utilities or repairing the existing utilities or horizontally extending the house when the required license is available.
- Renovating the Zaouiya Maghribiya : The Zaouiya Maghribiya is what remains of the Moroccans street. 16 families of Moroccan origin live there in extremely difficult conditions. The goal of this project is to enable the population living in the Zaouiya Maghribiya in the old city to lead a decent life after the renovation and refurbishment works, with the aim of preserving this Zaouiya given its state of total decay of this neighborhood which dates back to the Ayoubian era. Given its proximity to Sahat Al Buraq (called the lamentation wall), it is exposed to the risk of being seized by settlers in order to extend the square.
- Renovating mosques: This project is part of the preservation of the Islamic identity of Al Quds. Some mosques located in the old city have been renovated by the Waqf department in Al Quds. Maintenance and refurbishment works were undertaken in these old mosques that needed maintenance works on a regular basis. But no works meeting the technical and professional standards have been undertaken. The Agency has also purchased microphones for the following 7 mosques of Al Quds:
– Yacoubian mosque
– Addissi mosque
– Al Qimri mosque
– Assultan Barqouq mosque
– Omar Ibn Al Khattab mosque
– Darghat mosque
- Purchasing old buildings «Bayt Al Maghrib» : An old building, extending over 1800 square meters comprising shops, a patio and two houses was purchased. It is located in a highly sensitive area, some meters away from Al Aqsa mosque. The goal is to protect against water infiltration and put it back under the property of the Islamic waqf in Al Quds. The agency will renovate it and transform it into a cultural center of dialogue and a center for Al Quds children and youth, called «Bayt Al Maghrib» (Morocco house).
- Renovating the Bab Essahera cemetery : The project goal is to contribute to protecting the legacy and architectural heritage of Al Quds cemeteries. This cemetery is located near Al Quds wall. It is one of the ancient ones that need maintenance works given its topographic nature as result of weather and density.