PfP SkateQilya featured on NBC News

From NBC News:  The following article on SkateQilya, a project sponsored by PfP, appeared on NBC online SEP 2 2017, 5:30 AM ET Skateboarding Camp Helps Palestinians See Beyond West Bank Walls by PETRA CAHILL and LAWAHEZ JABARI Abdullah Milhem takes to the air on a ramp at SkateQilya in the West Bank. Adam Abel / NBC News QALQILYA, West Bank — Residents in this Palestinian city never see the sunset; Israel’s imposing security wall blocks the view towards the west, and much else. Now, a skateboarding summer camp in Qalqilya is helping kids to see a new horizon. “When you get on the skateboard, you don’t think about all the problems you have. All you’re focused …

Thank You! Annual Gala Recap

All of us at PfP would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended and supported our annual gala this year.  We are grateful to our fabulous and very funny emcee, Amer Zahr, who kept the evening both lighthearted and substantive. Speakers Adam Abel and Kenny Reed spoke at length about the SkateQilya project that PfP continues to fund in order to establish and proliferate skateboarding as a viable sport and recreation activity for youth in Palestine, particularly for girls.  The project was established by Mohammad Othman, who, unfortunately, could not travel from Palestine to be with us, but Adam showed us video footage of him, interviews with the kids benefiting from the project, and action shots of kids on wheels …

Silent Auction Items

We’re so excited about this year’s gala! Our silent auction has been one a staple of all our annual fundraisers and as many of you have often requested that we preview the auction items, we’ve decided to give a sneak peek at some of them, below.

You’re Invited!

  Dear Friends This is a reminder to get your ‘Early Bird’ tickets for PfP’s annual gala, if you haven’t already done so. The Early Bird price is what we pay per person for the space, food, AV, and entertainment. We’re very excited about our 16th Annual Gala, where we renew our commitment to Palestinian children and show you all we’ve done in the past year. As always, we will offer delicious Middle Eastern food, informative presentations about our work, beautiful music, a fabulous silent auction, entertainment, and, best of all, community. Where: Material Culture 4700 Wissahickon Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 When: April 8, 2017;  5:30 – 9 pm We would be honored if you could join us. Click …

Save The Date

What: PfP’s Annual Gala Where: Material Culture 4700 Wissahickon Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19144 When: April 8, 2017     Jan.8, 2017 Dear Friends, As we begin our 17th year together, PfP is working hard to plan for our annual gala. We hope you will mark your calendar to join us on April 8th at Material Culture in Philadelphia (materialculture.com). We are excited to share another wonderful evening with you, and we have a few surprises that we think you will love. In the coming weeks, will send more information and …

A Glance Back, As 2017 Nears

December 24, 2016 Dear Friends Just a note to wish you and your family a Joyful Holiday, and to give you a glimpse of a few things you helped make possible. On December 2nd in Palestine, PfP dedicated a playground in memory of two young boys, one Palestinian, one African American, whose lives were ended, ultimately, by institutional racism. Rev. Graylan Hagler, who was there with a group of pastors from the United Church of Christ, performed the dedication together with Mr. Salah Ajarma, PfP’s Palestine representative. You can find coverage here. As a reminder, we remain an all-volunteer organization that operates on what most would call a “shoestring budget”. This is, and has always been, a labor of love for us. And we hope we can count on …

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COVID-19 Response

On April 21st, Playgrounds for Palestine sent a survey to our donors about using some of our funds for a COVID-19 emergency direct aid.  The response from our supporters was overwhelmingly in the affirmative.    Families throughout Palestine have been hard hit by the pandemic, particularly those who rely on income from day labor in Israel.  The villages of East and West Toura, southwest of Jenin are no exceptions.  They were historically agricultural communities that produced wheat, olives, tobacco, and various produce.  However, as Israel confiscated nearly all village farmlands in the early 2000s, breadwinners were forced to work in Israel as day laborers.  Since the pandemic lockdown took effect in early March, few have been able to work and families have been facing severe shortages. To help alleviate some of the hardship, PfP worked with the

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“After the ‘Cast lead’ attack on Gaza, PfP shared a video of the kids finally able to go outside where there still stood a (PfP) playground.  It still brings tears to think about the joy of those kids swarming the playground…  It really brought home the great work PfP does. “