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Jun 25, 2019

Brings Hope During Ramadan and Throughout the Year

In a time in which the Gaza strip is in dire need of medical services and supplies, Dr. Yehia and his colleagues continue to offer hope. During last month’s visit to Gaza Dr. Yehia delivered medical supplies, connected patients with the medical specialists they need, and provided clinics forcommunitities unable to reach medical centers in Gaza Strip.

Dr. Yehia and the Humanitarian Aid Program have also partnered with a volunteer delegation of Gaza-bound Physicians for Human Rights

During the visit, doctors provided surgical instruments and medical supplies to the area and participated in the Sixth Surgery conference.

American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam and the Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam community have been hard at work supporting Dr. Yehia’s mission recently beginning the work of buying 20 beds for the ICU at Al-Shifa hospital, which has been underfunded and under-resourced for many years.

The incredible work of the Humanitarian Aid Program saves lives, decreases suffering, and enables people to better live life in a turbulent world.

 

Jun 21, 2019

Change Agents Change Cities!

Work is underway for two Change Agents courses focusing on city planning and development! The Planners Course, which focuses on architecture and civil engineering as a means of social change, recently toured Wadi Ara and spoke with local officials about the challenges facing the communities in the valley. The valley suffers from housing discrimination against its Arab communities, which are frequently denied land and building materials. Planners Course participants learned from architects, committee chairs, and graduates of previous Planners Courses that have begun to work in the area. 
Meanwhile, the Mixed Cities Course met and shared the initiatives that they have been working on to strengthen mixed communities and increase civic involvement. The group, which is the fourth cohort to take part in the program, has designed a fascinating array of initiatives designed to bring multicultural communities together. Among those highlighted in the meeting were a database for cultural bilingual activities, an Arabic-Jewish photography Course, and a creative space in Jaffa that harnesses the power of narratives and help people from all walks of life tell their stories. 
The accomplishments of these Change Agents create a ripple effect, promoting justice and reconciliation in ways both expected and unforeseeable. Their ingenuity and dedication is only a small part of the work that the School for Peace does to create a better and more equitable future. 

May 21, 2019

The joys of learning together

The Primary School- bilingual, multicultural and always stretching any boundaries of learning- is a finalist for the Ministry of Education’s Prize for Excellency! The 5th grade class designed and built robots for the national competition in Robotics, Mathematics and Cybertech, making it to the finals! A steady stream of visitors watch Arabic and Hebrew-speaking teachers transform children’s differences in language, culture and history into dependable problem-solving strengths.

The Primary School is being asked to assist other schools in learning the art of teaching language as a subject, while also using both languages while teaching special subjects. The school’s unique approach provides all grades with rich  learning opportunities for  Holocaust Day, the Naqba, Memorial Day, Land Day, Ramadan, Christmas, Passover and always brings all parents together for community celebrations like Purim and Olive Harvest”

The joys of learning together across differences touches the families every day…

A Jewish 3rd grader was speaking with his grandmother about Memorial Day when he suddenly said,

            “ You know, I know about Memorial Day, AND I know it is also the beginning of Ramadan for my friends, but I think that for this year, I won’t fast!”

His grandmother was amazed at her grandson’s sense of solidarity with all of his classmates. After a short time at the Primary School, her grandson was removing barriers, welcoming difference and being true to his own identity.

With your support, one child, one family, one community at a time become healers of nations!

 
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