Current Development Projects
The Robert Nathan Wing of the School for Peace
The Robert Nathan Wing of the School for Peace is now being
constructed, after finishing all the plans and
removing the old administration building. The new
prefabricated building will provide three new classrooms for SFP activities, replace the
asbestos roofs on some of the existing classrooms, refurbish the inner
courtyard and, if funds allow, construct a weatherproof covering for the
The Nathan wing replaces the old administration building, which has been
dismantled and removed.
Funding for this project originally came from the American Friends
of NSWAS, and largely through a benefit dinner which
took place in Washington on April 29, 1999 to honour Mr. Robert Nathan.
In the year 2001, Mr. Nathan died, so the building will
be dedicated to him, with appropriate inscription.
This project has been linked with the Robert Nathan wing of the School for
Peace, since the latter
was to be built in its location. After a solution was found to relocate the
administration building, the Robert Nathan Wing project was approved. This
involved building new premises for the administration atop the public relations
building, thereby bringing these two central functions of the village, whose work
is closely interrelated, under a single roof.
Work is now in progress on the new storey which, when completed, will be
used by the secretary general, office manager, treasurer and development
Funding for this project came from the American Friends' Association.
The new volunteer house is now under construction at the east end of
the village; linked on one side with the 'bachelors’ units.' This building is
a one-storey building with five rooms, shared kitchen facility, bathroom and
shared living room. The building can house five volunteers. These units, when
not in use by volunteers, may also provide hospitality for members of the friends'
associations, researchers and others.
The project is entirely funded by the German Friends' Association.
Waste water treatment plant
For several years, until a permanent solution could be found, the village
sewage has been collected in an oxygenation pool. Now, with the encroachment
of new homes in its proximity, the pool has become a health hazard, and the
Health Ministry has ordered us to terminate its use.
To replace the oxygenation pool, NSWAS has contracted with a
company that will provide a sewer plant for the village. The facility will
natural micro-organisms to purify sewage and produce water good for
The plant will be located away from the residential part of the village, on Latroun Monastery
land (with the Monastery's kind consent).
It will provide clean water for the irrigation of the Monastery's olive trees.
The plant is now being manufactured to our specifications in Germany. It should be ready for
installation in early 2002. This
vital project will provide sewage facility both for the current habitation of
the village and its proposed expansion. The project has been funded
by the American Friends' Association and the municipality of Basel, Switzerland.
The village's recently constructed auditorium is still surrounded by
undeveloped land which in winter converts to a sea of mud, making the
impractical for several months of the year.
The Auditorium serves as the main hall for various community activities
(especially those that require a large public space) and can be used to host
outside organizations that find NSWAS to be a natural venue for their work. Lack of proper access
to the building and the unfinished appearance of its grounds have prevented us
from deriving full benefit from this important building.
The landscaping is being funded by the American Friends' Association.
New Village Street
An unpaved street, 150 metres in length, that serves the new neighbourhood in the northeast
section of the community, was surfaced with asphalt this month. Funding for
the project came from the village residents, both new residents and long-term
The Peace Garden in Memory of Judith Buff
Ruth and Robert St. John of USA donated money to construct a peace garden
in memory of their daughter Judith. The garden has been nicely completed
with a small tract of roses and arches of bougainvillea leading into a
grassy grove of established olive trees, together with other plants, bushes
and natural features of the landscape. A plaque demarking the garden has
already been installed.
The narrow existing access road to the village, with its pot holes and
hairpin bends, has become a real hazard
to drivers and passengers entering or leaving the village. The 1.7
kilometre asphalt road is
barely 3 meters wide - too narrow for two-way traffic. Since the
mid 1980s, when the road was constructed, the
village has quadrupled in size, as has the traffic
traversing it. School buses filled
with children ply this road twice a day, as do hotel guests, residents
and visitors, all of which must
veer onto the road's soft shoulders
whenever surprised by an approaching vehicle. The plan calls for the
road to be widened to 5.5 metres.
Village Expansion Plan
The Expansion Plan for the Village, which calls for
the addition of approximately
90 housing plots, was recently approved by the Regional
Building and Planning Committee, and has now gone for review by the
National Building and Planning Commission, with its various
subcommittees. If the plan is approved there, it will be deposited
again with the regional committee and publicised in order to allow
for the hearing of possible objections by the public. If the plan successfully
passes through this process, it will then be possible to proceed to
The Peace Campus
was recently approved by the
Regional Building and Planning Committee, and will now go for review to
the National Building and Planning Commission. As with the Village Expansion Plan,
the Campus Plan will
be deposited again with the regional committee
for the hearing of objections by the
public. After this, it will be necessary to
select an architect in order to produce a general building plan of the
Campus, including locations and dimensions of the various buildings, the
type of material to be used, etc. Planning expenses and associated
fees for the campus till now have been covered by the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Foundation. We will need to
seek additional funding for the building plans.
The site for the
The Nathan wing
the new administration offices
the new volunteer house
the new water
the new street
the peace garden
the long and