Singapore-based Muslim group to help rebuild and upgrade schools in Gaza

SINGAPORE - Muslim foundation Rahmatan Lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF) is undertaking a $300,000 project to upgrade schools in Gaza, as part of a drive to bring some relief to the war-torn territory.

The Singapore-based group will partner humanitarian agency Islamic Relief Malaysia, which has a presence in Gaza, to rebuild and renovate 44 schools there.

The schools will be fitted with facilities such as computer labs, science labs, media technology labs, libraries and health and psychosocial rooms, RLAF said in a statement on Thursday. Teachers will be trained to incorporate these facilities into their curricula.

Twenty-two of these schools, which suffered damage from the fighting in Gaza, will also be rebuilt.

"We hope this project will bring a more sustainable and meaningful recovery to some of the affected population, especially the children and youth," RLAF said.

The funds for the project will be drawn from a pool of $1.19 million in donations that RLAF collected from Singapore's Muslim community last year.