August 2012 Newsletter



Thank you for everything you do to support PfP.  We greatly value and appreciate you. Below you will find the latest update on our activities to uphold the Right to Play and bring joy to children.

Wishing you love and wonder,

The PfP Board

A Playground for Deir Ammar Preschool…

In Loving Memory of Cynthia Laitman

We are delighted and honored to announce the completion of a playground in memory of an extraoridnary and beautiful soul, Cynthia Laitman.


The project was made possible through the love and support of her sister, Judith Laitman, her friends, and the Madison, WI chapter of Playgrounds for Palestine.


Deir Ammar is a rural village in the West Bank, west of Ramallah, with approximately 3,800 inhabitants. Just northwest of the village is the Deir Ammar refugee camp, where 2,303 refugees reside. Both the village and the refugee camp lack adequate facilities for water, sanitation, and recreation. To read more about this beautiful, but underserved and threatened village, click here.We are grateful to the Welfare Association for their assistance on the ground to make this happen, and to the Deir Ammar Athletic Club Charitable Society, which built and operates the kindergarten, serving up to a 100 children.


In a beautiful tribute to Cynthia, her sister Judith wrote: “I like to think of her spirit hovering over the children at the Dair Ammar playground, listening to their laughter and reveling in their joy, and making sure they are safe.”

2012 A Midsummer Night’s Fling


A dedicated and wonderful team in Washington, DC, led by Nicholas Griffin, Jerry Mayer and Rochelle Davis, organized the first annual A Midsummer Night’s Fling ultimate frisbee tournament, which was held the night of July 28th, 2012 at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, VA, with all proceeds going to  Playgrounds for Palestine to build a new playground in the village of Budrus.

Following the tournament, Nicholas, Jerry, and Rochelle held a silent auction on Facebook, featuring vacation getaways and various services and products ranging from cooking classes to high end designer throw pillows! It closed on August 6th in conjunction with the Monday Blues Night Music at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington DC.

We are so grateful to everyone who supported this wonderful endeavor to bring joy to children in Palestine.  We will keep you posted on further updates regarding the Budrus playground, which will be built in cooperation with the Heart to Heart Foundation in Palestine.

After Several Years of Trying, The Playground in Ein El-Tal Refugee Camp in Syria Has Been Built

We embarked on this project several years ago and faced one setback after another.  Finally, the children of this refugee camp have a playground, their first ever!

This much needed infrastructure of play and joy was made possible by the generosity of the Middle East Children’s Alliance and in cooperation with Friends of UNRWA.  We are proud to have partnered with these two wonderful organizations that also provide much needed services to Palestinians.


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