IN BURLINGAME, CALIFORNIA:
Thai hien ho
With a B.S. in international development studies fromthe University of California, Los Angeles and an A.S. in business administration from Chabot College, Thai's experience has focused on management accounting and numerical analysis for numerous for-profit and nonprofit clients. She is keenly interested in social change, starting with the numbers.
Brighten the Future Coordinator
From the beginning, Penni Thorpe's career has been devoted to improving the lives of every human. For years, she empowered her San Francisco Bay Area clients through her nonprofit yoga healing work and flower essences practice. Realizing she wanted to do something even greater, Penni shifted her focus to the children and families in Gaza, giving them light to shine in the darkness and supporting efforts for sustainable peace across the planet.
Amelia Solis is currently a senior in San Mateo, CA and will be starting at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in the fall. Her devotion to social justice has led her to work as a tutor primarily for low-income Latinx children, canvass for local politicians, and now to the Women’s Health Center Project at Rebuilding Alliance. She plans on becoming a lawyer and working with others like her to bring more opportunities to the Latinx community.
Social Worker, South Hebron Hills
I have been a community volunteer in the southern Hebron Hills since 1998
and an advocate for women. After visiting the U.S. Congress on International Peace Day in 2015, I joined Rebuilding Alliance to bring a project called 'Pinwheels for Peace' to the Palestinian communities here in the hills south of Hebron. As I began work on this, I noticed how this simple project provides an opening to understand the needs of the children and often a smile on the faces of our children.
There is so much need here and so much trauma too – I am currently the only social worker in the area. I provide weekly counseling and guidance sessions to the students at schools in five small villages here, and also work with their mothers. I am also the founder and Executive Director of the Rural Women's Association of the South Hebron Hills.
Brighten the Future Local Coordinator - South Bay
I am Egyptian-American whose dream is to help those in need. I currently hold a BA in Creative Writing but I hope to continue with my education as a future counselor/therapist. I love to go out on hikes, go the beach, and I am overly obsessed with the sunset anywhere I go. I love taking pictures of scenic views.