A school for mideast peace

A school for mideast peace

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Hey, there are people who're really committed to the small things regarding mideast peace:

Hope Flowers is a unique school which was established in 1984 by the late Hussein Issa who had grown up in a Palestinian refugee camp. Mr. Issa had a vision of educating Palestinian children, Christian and Muslim, in the
principles of peace and democracy. The school is located on the West Bank
near Bethlehem, and is operated by Ibrahim Issa and Ghada Issa, the son
and daughter of the founder.

In this school, which has had project partnerships with Israeli
schools, Palestinian children from several surrounding villages
have participated in academic and extracurricular studies.

In addition to its academic curriculum, the school has also instituted a
psychological support program to help the children deal with the trauma
of the ongoing conflict.

Because of its independence from government and religious funding
sources, the Hope Flowers School relies on donations and very modest
tuition payments.

In its twenty years of operation, the school has attracted significant
international attention and support, including support from U.S.
Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as churches and foundations.
The Orange County Middle East Peace Fund, a 501 C(3) non-profit
established in 1997 in California, has collected thousands of dollars
from supporters throughout the U.S. for the benefit of the school.
(The Fund collected $42,000.00 in 2003 for the school.)

Nevertheless, the school continues to need financial assistance in order
to survive and flourish amidst difficult conditions. Funds are needed for
teachers' salaries, scholarships for students, and operating expenses.
Also, the school has hired an attorney to help it gain formal recognition
by the Israeli authorities. Donations to the OCMEPF, marked for Hope
Flowers in the memo line, are tax-deductible. See here
to donate.

Thanks!

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