Support for UNRWA’s COVID-19 Educational Response

Thanks to our wonderful donors, Playgrounds for Palestine was able to use some funds to support the UNRWA’s response to COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip for education. Children were able to return to schools in Gaza the week of August 8 through UNRWA’s efforts. UNRWA gave a shout-out to Playgrounds for Palestine on their facebook page to thank our incredible supporters for PfP’s contributions! Click here for the link to the video! Reuters published an article earlier this week about the return to school in Gaza: Children walk back to school after five-month shut-down, by Reuters.  Thank you again for all of your support, making PfP’s contribution to the continuation of UNRWA’s education services for Palestine refugees in Gaza amidst the COVID-19 pandemic possible. We wish you all health and safety!

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

Invite Reminder

  …helping children reclaim their childhoods March 29 2016 Dear Friends of PfP, Tickets are going fast for our annual fundraiser dinner, the evening of SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016 It’s not likely that we will be able to accommodate ticket sales at the door this year; so, if you’re planning to attend, please reserve your tickets here.   The dinner will take place at the exquisite, gorgeous space of “Material Culture” in Philly (see pictures below).  And

Save The Date Annual Dinner 2016

      …helping children reclaim their childhoods January 2016 Dear Friends of PfP, It’s that time of year again.  If you’re anywhere near Philly, mark your calendars for our annual dinner, the evening of SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2016 We are so excited about this fundraiser, as it promises to be a spectacular evening. For starters, back by popular demand, both Remi Kanazi and Farah Siraj will join us! Both

End of Year

  Playgrounds for Palestine …helping children reclaim their childhoods December 31, 2015 Dear Friends of PfP, We want to send you a heartfelt THANK YOU for your generosity and love in 2015, and all the years before.  As we look toward a new year, we send you a few pictures of the joy and play you helped make happen.  Happy New Year! Love, PfP Olive Oil, Always… Get your Fair Trade, USDA Certified Organic Palestinian Olive Oil here. Both the Rumi and Nabali olive oils come in elegant 500 mL bottles or Jerusalem Blend in IL tin cans. [shipped only in the

Nov 2015 Holiday Appeal Take 2

  …helping children reclaim their childhoods November 15, 2015 Dear Friends of PfP, Our website was hacked the day after we sent our annual letter appeal.  We had such a time getting (and keeping) the website back up, but it seems to be okay now.  We hope. So we’re sending out the same letter again. 🙂 In 2015, PfP built seven playgrounds in Palestine, serving an estimated 4,500 children in different villages.  We also launched a Play Therapy program in Gaza and built an amphitheatre in Mashjar Juthour.  In 2016, Al Yasmin Society playground for children with disabilities is our top priority, now that the center is nearly complete. It has been our great privilege, thanks to you, to witness the joy these playgrounds inspire in young lives.  This holiday season, we honor and celebrate their childhoods, all of

Nov 2015 Holiday Appeal

  …helping children reclaim their childhoods December 1, 2015 Dear Friends of PfP, In 2015, PfP built seven playgrounds in Palestine, serving an estimated 4,500 children in different villages.  We also launched a Play Therapy program in Gaza and built an amphitheatre in Mashjar Juthour.  In 2016, Al Yasmin Society playground for children with disabilities is our top priority, now that the center is nearly complete. It has been our great privilege, thanks to you, to witness the joy these playgrounds inspire in young lives.  This holiday season, we honor and celebrate

Nov 2015 Holiday Appeal

  …helping children reclaim their childhoods November 2015 Dear Friends of PfP, In 2015, PfP built seven playgrounds in Palestine, serving an estimated 4,500 children in different villages.  We also launched a Play Therapy program in Gaza and built an amphitheatre in Mashjar Juthour.  In 2016, Al Yasmin Society playground for children with disabilities is our top priority, now that the center is nearly complete. It has been our great privilege, thanks to you, to witness the joy these playgrounds inspire in young

July 2015 Newsletter

  …helping children reclaim their childhoods July 2015 Dear Friends of PfP, We’re happy to report that we just completed the installation of three playgrounds, two of which were ready in time for the Eid celebrations. We’d like to share with you some photos and a letter we received from Lajee Center, in the Aida Refugee Camp, one of the locations of a new playground and family garden.   With love, PfP Aida’s Lajee Center We were very touched to receive the following letter, and we want to share it with you, our supporters who make it all happen! Dear Playground for Palestine, On behalf of Lajee Center’s team, children, youth and members, we would like to share a sincere thank you for your generous support of our garden. The two projects which your organisation has funded has enabled very significant developments of Lajee Center’s garden and free space for

June 2015 Newsletter

  …helping children reclaim their childhoods June 2015 Dear Friends of PfP, We’ve been very busy the past few months and have some exciting news.  We have procured excellent equipment for SEVEN new playgrounds, which will be installed in SIX locations throughout the West Bank.  We are scrambling right now to have them all ready in time for for the Eid holiday. We’re so excited about these playgrounds and hope to have pictures of the installed versions, with children enjoying them, by Eid on July 17th.  Stay tuned on that front. In the meantime, we are sponsoring workshops and various recreational and

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Remembering Salah Ajarma, our beloved brother

On July 14th, Playgrounds for Palestine joined friends and family to remember Salah Ajarma, our dear friend, comrade, and brother who passed away in April 2021. Salah was an integral member of PfP and over the years he became family to all of us. He was a man of integrity, passion, and unwavering commitment to justice and his country. He dedicated his life to empowering his community, especially young people, and in the process created a school, a kindergarten, and spectacular community center in the heart of Aida refugee camp, where young people could go for recreation, music, art and dance lessons, after school help, and more. He touched so many lives, and

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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. “