As previously reported - we were unfiortunately unable to secure participating children this year. this had to do with gowring locan tentions in the south of Jerusalem (due to the new building of a road that will go through Beit Safafa) and to more "regular" reservations in the north of Jerusalem.
It is now clear that we will not be able to start activities before teh end of the school year, in a bit more than a month. However, we are not giving up! As a wise person said: "a winner is a looser that didn't give up". We plan to use the summer in order to better prepare for next year and hope to be able to report achivements later.
In teh mean time - the two other projects of the Interfaith Encounter Association are thriving. Please visit them.
Thanks to your kind donation we were able to start the implementation of the project.
At first we believed that it would be better to start with the Beit Safafa - Gilo group. We recruited two wonderful coordinators and trained them But when we came to recruit the kids we realized that due to a new highway that is currently being built through the lands of Beit Safafa, its people do not agree to participate in any joint activities,
Therefore, we now shifted our focus and are recruiting kids in French Hill. We already have four kids and continue with our efforts to recruit more kids until we can open the group.
In parallel we will also try later to go back to Beit Safafa and Gilo and recruit children there too, in order to open the second group.
During the last month a lot of preparation efforts were invested to ensure the start and success of the joint group of soccer and interfaith encounter for children from Gilo and Beit Safafa neighborhood of south Jerusalem.
Two people from each of the partner organizations went to the Sciences and Art High-school and finally recruited two coordinators – Chen from 12th grade and Aram from 10th grade.
The Chair of the Interfaith Encounter Association met with Chen and Abir three times to train them as IEA coordinators who will be facilitating the children's dialogues.
Now we are all set to start the actual activities of the children in the coming two weeks.
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