As-salam wa alaykum and hello from beautiful Jenin!
I hope this finds you well and the new year is still living up to all its promises!
It's an exciting time to be a supporter of the Freedom Bus: in little over one month, on the 17th of March, people from around the world and across occupied Palestine are setting out on what will be a historic Freedom Ride in the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills. The March Freedom Ride will include interactive cultural events, workshops and guided walks. In communities subjected to home demolitions and settler violence, we will also engage in reconstruction work and protective presence activity.
If you are unable to attend in person but wish to boost your support for the Freedom Bus - just in time for Valentine's Day, on the 12th of February, GlobalGiving will double the love that is sent to us and match donations received on the date!
Valentine's Day would be even more filled with love by a donation in the name of that special someone, or why not your favorite human rights hero. Those Valentine's chocolates will taste even sweeter and those flowers smell even better when presented along with a GlobalGiving gift card for the Freedom Bus!
Spread the word - all love shared through a donation multiplies like light shining through facettes of a diamond - it will reach so many people in so many different ways!
The countdown is officially running – in only a few hours the world will slowly begin to spin its way into the New Year – time after time zone!
On behalf of The Freedom Theatre and Freedom Bus team I wish you all a Happy Brave New Year! With courage, strength, health and lots of happiness – may the very best of the past year be the worst of that to come!
During this past month we have received contributions of $1,260.00 – this includes gift cards and recurring donations – THANK YOU for supporting us so generously we are truly blessed with so many great supporters of Cultural Resistance!
Whilst 2013 has been an incredible year for The Freedom Bus, we intend to make 2014 even greater – your ongoing support will enable us to keep up the good work and do even better!
For a full reflection on the past year as well as some first sneak previews on things to come, visit our website where you can also sign up for our newsletter and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and further details on all our projects. Also check out the video in this message that captures the 2013 Freedom Ride and see for yourself that every donation truly is a great investment.
"Others need to know the truth that unjust situations do not happen to nameless people. They happen to human beings with names and lives and emotions – people of flesh and blood… How do you end injustice if you don’t understand what injustice does? Or how can you end injustice if you don’t feel what injustice does?"
~ Sa’ed, Nablus
Your contribution will help The Freedom Theatre continue to reach thousands of children, youth and adults in Occupied Palestine and supporters/volunteers around the globe – creating cultural resistance and building solidarity worldwide. If you choose to become a monthly donor to The Freedom Theatre/Freedom Bus, you ensure that we can continue to foster the next generation of revolutionary artists in Palestine.
HAPPY NEW YEAR and thank you for your generosity! It means the world to us and all the women, men, girls and boys that are involved in The Freedom Theatre/Freedom Bus.
We are looking forward to celebrating new achievements with you in 2014!
The Freedom Bus and Freedom Theatre Team
First things first - a huge THANK YOU and many, many big virtual hugs to all of you from The Freedom Theatre and Freedom Bus team!! So far we have raised $930 USD in December, bringing us closer to our goal of $3,000 needed to ensure that 2014 will see even greater Cultural Resistance brought to communities throughout the Occupied Territories of Palestine!
As Shakespeare aptly put it - "All the world's a stage", and we are so very lucky to count the greatest cast amongst our supporters - you. Thank you for playing a leading role on our stage by supporting us so generously!
There is still some time left to spice up those holiday gifts with the gift of giving!
And even better – you can make your contribution count that extra bit more, since all monthly recurring donations signed up new during the time in between the 20th of December all the way up until the 31st of December will be matched by Global Giving!!
There are so many ways of making an impact, touching someone's life and being an assertive member of our global community, to name only a few:
Donating isn't just about giving money, but giving a voice to those who need to be heard, as well as ears and eyes to a world that needs to see; it means enabling change; it's writing history.
With your help during this past year, The Freedom Bus was able to reach many communities at risk; and from volunteers rolling up their sleeves and re-building huts, over storytelling sessions with children, on to making people feel that they are heard and their stories matter through playback theatre events - Cultural Resistance has never been a greater success!
Your efforts and donations create something unique and truly special, be it in your own name or that of someone you hold dear.
"Nothing is as sublime and powerful
than an idea whose time has come."
~ Victor Hugo
Find further below the full report on all Freedom Theatre projects and see for yourself all the wonderful progress that you have made possible, as well as some sneak peeks into our vision for the New Year and the road ahead! So much to look forward to and we are excited to have you onboard!
This is the perfect time to reflect on the previous year, count your blessings and bruises, cherish the important people in your life and remember those less fortunate.
Much love and the Happiest of Holidays wherever you are! Thanks for taking action!
The Freedom Theatre Team
How often do we ask ourselves just how much difference we can really make? Here is to the power of YOU, and the world of a difference you make.
Whilst you are familiar with most of the inspiring and sublime work The Freedom Theatre is doing, and whilst some of you might even have visited us in beautiful Jenin - how much do you know about who is behind all those magnificent and life-changing projects? Who is pulling the strings to make the magic happen? About time you found out and so we figured, it's time for a little "behind the scenes" update! And even if you don't have a chance to come to Jenin - this is The Freedom Theatre coming to you!
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.”
~ Alphonse Karr
Today I proudly present a very special rose - Fidaa Ataya, our very talented, outstanding Storyteller and Drama Pedagogue at The Freedom Theatre.Fidaa is a one in a million talent, she mesmerizes not only children but even any grown-up around! She captivates her young audience like no other and for the duration of her performances everybody finds themselves whisked away into a magical world of wondrous and engaging stories...
Anyone who is lucky enought to see Fidaa in action will find themselves not too surprised after all, that a wonderful place such as Palestine, filled with so many deserving children should have their very own Mary Poppins!
Through art and through story, children can see, that aside from the way of power, there are other ways to see the world. Those who oppress us and make us feel fear, feel fear themselves. It's an image of wholeness through which we begin to be free. And for about one hour children are exactly just that - children. By supporting The Freedom Theatre, you are enabling people like Fidaa to not only live out her passion and pursue her dream, but work her magic from which so many children benefit. And given that you are a highly esteemed supporter, you should be VERY proud and give yourself a big round of applause!!
Since our very first #GivingTuesday participation, which was a great success, we have come a whopping $615, 00 closer to our December goal of $3,000, even better, a new monthly donor has joined our ranks and our hearts are bursting with gratitude! Thank YOU for being the greatest supporters anyone can hope for!
All children and youth should be a part of society. Not apart from society. Everyone deserves a chance to pursue their dream, and that’s why we have created a space where they can realize their full potential – and then some.
As the cultural (resistance) hub of northern Occupied Palestine, we do no less but produce some of the world’s finest future actors, writers, photographers and film makers. Nowhere else is art this close to the pulse of history and its making.
Armed with words and creativity, we combat oppression and occupation by means of resistance at its best – transformed into culture by means of theatre and film making.
Every contribution matters, be an ambassador and tell people around you about us and our mission and of course, keep supporting us with donations that help us enable those beautiful young minds to create wonderful and world changing art – every little helps and goes a long way – with tangible goals and clear results we make a great investment into the future.
Join us and vicariously (culturally) resist oppression and injustice through us by donating one-off or monthly. Every recurring donation will be rewarded with an original Freedom Theatre t-shirt that will make any Christmas Jumper fade with envy!
THANK YOU for being a much valued member of The Freedom Theatre and Freedom Bus family!
The Freedom Theatre team
P.S. In this festive season of lights, now is the perfect time to make a gift in honor of the people who are the lights in your life.
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