students gathered in discussion
We would like to sincerely thank everyone for their generous donation to Hands for a Bridge during our December campaign. Due to your generous support we now have a permanent spot on Global Giving and have the opportunity to reach a wider audience and have a deeper impact.
In April 2013, students in Northern Ireland and South Africa will host students and teachers from the Roosevelt community to continue the essential dialogue between traditionally separated groups in these regions. The students are beyond excited and have been introducing themselves to their friends across the ocean on our Hands for a Bridge International Facebook page, shared by students from all 3 regions.
One student from Northern Ireland recently wrote: “What's happening! (Such a Derry phrase) As you can see I'm Kealan! I'm 17 and I'm an upper sixth (senior) at Oakgrove College and I'm currently studying Maths, Physics and Physical Education. I live a wee bit outside the city with my parents and my big ginger dog Finn, My ma comes from a Protestant background and my Da is a catholic, and I was raised as a Catholic. I have a sister who's 22 and a 4 year old niece. My hobbies include playing Gealic Football (which is THE best sport in the world), a bit of basketball, and I also play the guitar and a very little bit of mandolin. I went to Seattle last year for what was probably the best week of my life! Long story short I can't wait to see you all in April!"
This traveling class is still working on raising funds for their trip and will be screening the film, “My So-Called Enemy” at Roosevelt High School on March 2 2013. This film follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding. It documents how the young women’s transformative experience, of knowing their “enemies” as human beings, meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East. The message of this film strongly parallels the work we do with Hands for a Bridge. For more information about the event please visit our website.
In January and February the Roosevelt High School students, parents and teachers gathered for animated and enlightening discussions of social justice issues from the books Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog and Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life by John Conroy.
We’ll have more news, photos and video after our upcoming trip!
t-shirt with quote from John Clowes