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Dec 23, 2019

HAP Helps Al-Shifa Hospital

American Friends of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam have been supporting the Humanitarian Aid Program, most recently committing to purchase ten desperately needed hospital beds for the ICU at Al-Shifa Hospital.
For many, the ICU is their first and only avenue of medical care. Through the generous efforts of supporters, three beds have already been purchased but there is still time to fund seven beds and provide Al-Shifa hospital with the means to give care to the sick and vulnerable.
The Humanitarian Aid Program (HAP) has worked with Al-Shifa hospital for several years now. In that time, Dr. Yehia and his team have gotten to know the doctors, nurses, and other dedicated individuals that keep the hospital running saving lives and helping patients in a particularly underserved area of Gaza.
The Humanitarian Aid Program can only assist communities in crisis with your support. By giving them the resources they need, you help them help the people who need it most. 
Dec 17, 2019

Impact and Influence continue to grow

The School for Peace has recently implemented several programs within and outside of the village. Shared Cities, a course for Architects, Civil Engineers, and City Planners, entered its fifth year in partnership with the Arab Center for Alternative Planning (ACAP). The program will hold a meeting in late December for all Shared Cities graduates with the intent to build a network for those dedicated to changing the face of urban planning throughout the country.
The SFP has collaborated with four universities to deliver graduate-level courses designed to foster dispute resolution skills and deepen participants' understanding of conflict. Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Haifa University, and Ruppin College will all hold these classes during the academic year as part of existing degree programs.
While an increasing number of people become interested in SFP courses, SFP graduates continue to make their mark on the world. Peace Now director Shaqued Morag, who graduated from the 2016 Up-and-Coming Politicians Course, spoke recently at a conference of Israeli peace organizations in Ramullah. The speech was attended by over three hundred activists, many of whom have engaged with the SFP either through taking a course or through partnership with their own organizations. The School for Peace's impact and influence continue to grow. As more graduates enter use the skills they have learned through the School for Peace to change the world, it is more crucial than ever to give the SFP our support and attention.

Nov 18, 2019

A New Year: Expansions and Developments for the Primary School

This year is the Primary School’s biggest yet! Fifty-four new students have joined the school, bringing the total number of children enrolled up to 314. This is the largest that the school has
ever been. The Primary School’s growth represents both increasing interest in bilingual and multicultural education and the Primary School’s stellar academic record. To accommodate the school’s
expanding student body, seven new teachers have been hired.

As the Primary School grows and becomes more diverse, funding needs for the school have increased. The Education Ministry recently cut the amount of tuition that the Primary School was allowed to ask for, producing a $130,000 deficit last year and significantly decreasing the amount of subsidy that the Primary School was able to provide for student transportation and supply costs. Friends organizations from around the world are doing what they can to help the Primary School continue to be accessible and affordable for years to come.

As teachers and administrators at the Primary School prepared for their new students, they were also hard at work launching a project that has been in the works for the past three years. The Primary School’s groundbreaking multicultural and bilingual curricula have been collected and developed into a program that can be adapted for
use in schools throughout the country and the world.

The Primary School, with help from Israel's Center for Educational Technology, has created an educational resource with the potential to revolutionize education for thousands of students. The Primary School will be translating the material into English over the next few months and increasing their digital presence, including a website on which the curricula will be available for schools and all others interested in learning more about bilingual and multicultural education.

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