The future of this village depends upon its students.

Summary

Talented student teachers under the age of 24 are working in the West Bank Palestinian village of Al Aqaba, teaching kindergarten, elementary and secondary students and learning how to engage diplomatic visitors in the village's efforts to lift demolition orders. At the center of this education project is Al Aqaba's Kindergarten - a vibrant place in an area with many poor families - which currently hosts 160 kindergarteners.  We ask your help to give scholarships to needy students ages six years and up as well as the stipends to support these dedicated educators.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

These schools are truly the heart of the village, keeping it standing despite demolition orders. Parents are very poor and cannot pay the stipend for their child's start in school. In addition, the children need the stability that schools provides given the very real challenges they and their families face. The addition of talented, college-age teachers brings enthusiasm but your support is needed to bring young teachers to this rural area.

How will this project solve this problem?

Your support for scholarships and teacher stipends brings families and the various rural communities together, connecting the villagers to the world to meet their challenges through diplomacy. This brings stability, peace, and harmony to the village and provides a bright future for the children. The insight gained by the young visiting teachers informs their future, e.g. one went on to receive a Fullbright scholarship, another is completing her Ph.D. in Middle East Studies.

Potential Long Term Impact

Movement is constrained in the West Bank. Our visiting teachers are emissaries from the rest of the world. Their job is to expand the horizon for the children of Al Aqaba. Twenty years from now, these children will be multilingual and will have self-confidence, valuable job and communication skills, with a commitment to peace-making, learned in a village that continues to welcome people who care. Education stipends will allow the poorest families from the countryside to participate.