One of KKL-JNF’s major goals is to increase the population of the Galilee to half a million and of the Negev to one million inhabitants over the next ten years. This involves creating infrastructures for communities, ecological landscape development, parks, community forests, eco-tourism as a source of livelihood, and much more. As one local Negev mayor put it: “Without KKL-JNF, we simply wouldn’t be here.”
From Netiv Ha’asarah on the border of the Gaza Strip, where KKL-JNF dedicated a new neighborhood for 71 families, to a new park and neighborhood in Metula, Israel’s northernmost community, KKL-JNF continued in 2017 to do everything possible to improve quality of life in Israel’s social and geographical peripheral regions, along with making them attractive for new residents.
In addition, KKL-JNF is working change the social disadvantage experienced by outlying cities and towns with its exciting new project "KKL-JNF Houses" for youth. In 2018, the first KKL-JNF House will open in Upper Nazareth, the first of ten in Israel’s outlying regions, which will help youth overcome disadvantage and strive for excellence.