Friday, 11 November 2011

Chapter 86 Teaching for Palestine

The youngest scampers around in overflowing nappies, sucking tea from the teat of a soiled baby bottle. The others see dirty as normal and barefoot as life

The mother is pregnant with her eleventh child. She is 27.

A food drive organized at school will now feed them for a year.

A fraction of the food  collected during the week long food drive

A football league has been organized around Nablus.

Boys and girls from different socio economic backgrounds are coming together and playing against each other in after school friendlies. Girls from Askar Refugee Camp are playing girls from the Samaritan Village. Boys from Balata Refugee Camp are beating their wealthier counterparts from uptown Nablus.

There is little chance these children would ever have met and spent time together in a positive environment.

Many children at our private school are on scholarship. They are exceptionally bright children, many of whom live in the camps. These children are unlikely to have otherwise had access to a means to recognize their potential and take control of their futures.

These families, these children and stories like these are uncovered by an NGO founded by the director of our English department at school. Staffed by many of the same teachers, they work in the camps and around Nablus providing children with the same quality of English education we provide in our private school.

For free.

Teach for Palestine is primarily an education program. But in terms of its contribution to the community - it is much more. Through their work in the poorer areas of Nablus, TFP bridges gaps between those in need and those who can help them.

Kids from the private school often volunteer to come take part in and help out with TFP projects, breeding within them a sense of social responsibility.

TFP has grown so much over the past five years and they plan on expanding their work with Palestinian children around the West Bank and neighboring countries. Check them out, keep up to date with what they're doing and, if you can, donate.

It is, of course, primarily an education program. But it is also so much more.


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