2016 Annual Gala

Once again, we had a spectacular dinner fundraiser. Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers! With love, PfP  

Awesome PfP Funded Project in Jenin

So proud to support Freedom Theatre in Jenin! http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3ae37c7a5636c2013d7c8ef29&id=9403cb77a7&e=af30e2e28e

Children of Aida and Beit Jibrin

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Children from Bethlehem’s Aida and Beit Jibrin refugee camps talk to Mondoweiss about their life in the camps. Filmmakers Sheren Khalel …and Abed al Qaisi wanted to know exactly how much the children understood about the military occupation going on around them, and how normal they believed their lives were. With their parents permission, Khalel and al Qaisi asked five children from the streets of the two camps what they thought. All of the answers were spontaneous and unrehearsed, and as it turned out, the kids understood — and have experienced — quite a lot. Many of the children talked about tear gas, soldiers, and being scared of going outside. All of the children have seen family members killed, injured and detained by Israeli forces — as is the life in the occupied West Bank’s

RIP to beautiful Abdulrahman Obeidallah

These pictures of Abdulrahman Obeidallah were taken this summer at the PfP playground opening ceremony at the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. Abdul was full of joy and wonder, and did not stop beaming the entire day as he played on the only playground he has ever known. The Israeli soldiers shot and killed him while he was coming home from school. PfP unequivocally condemns the targeting of innocent Palestinian children, and the tragic loss of life of any and all children. Abdul was more than just a name, or a number, or the casualty of a cruel occupation. He was a sweet and beautiful child, and should have been free to enjoy the gifts of

Olive Oil and Poetry by the River

Playgrounds for Palestine showcasing Palestinian olive oil while author Susan Abulhawa read excerpts from her books. www.playgroundsforpalestine.org

Hello from the PfP Board!

We took a short break from planning our upcoming fundraiser to pose for this selfie. Can you tell that we love what we do?!! We can’t wait to see you on March 29th! — with Stephanie Sena, Hanan Urick, Susan Abulhawa,Sonia M. Rosen, Karen Kovalcik, Dounia Tamri-loeper and Amali Abdrabbah Elabed.

Novels that steal narratives

hi Friends. I don’t usually send out essays I publish, but hope you will forgive me for this exception. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/11/almond-tree-when-novels-distort-legacies-struggle-20131114102216116623.html Warmly, susie

Recent visit to Nahr el Bared

This was the first opportunity PfP had to visit the playground since its establishment in 2009. PfP founder, Susan Abulhawa, was delighted to report back that the playground looks great and the kids are getting great use out of it. Susan took the opportunity, while in Lebanon, to visit the camp and spend some time with the kids at Nahr el Bared. It was then she noticed that there is a tremendous need for youth facilities and activities and Nahr el Bared remains horribly

A letter from Jenin

“…..that letter made my day ……It is worth all the efforts that we did at the fund raising party, and makes me feel that we need to do more so we can help more and more of our children.” Palestinian Liberation Organization Refugees Affairs Department Popular Committee of Services Jenin Camp Acknowledgment Honorable, Playgrounds for Palestine In co-ordination with ANERA Popular Committee of Services – Jenin refugee camp is honored to present our deepest thanks and gratitude to Playgrounds for Palestine

Support Playgrounds For Palestine (with your feet or with your wallet)

Playgrounds for Palestine (PfP) is always looking for exciting new ways to raise much needed funds to build playgrounds for children in Palestine. This year is no exception, as PfP founder Susie Abulhawa will put on her racing shoes and run this year’s Philadelphia Half Marathon on September 21st. http://www.ingphiladelphiadistancerun.com/home.html And in case Abulhawa hasn’t put her body through a grueling enough experience in September, on November 23rd she and veteran Palestinian-American journalist (former Al Jazeera producer, and current Editor-in-Chief of the Palestine Chronicle) Ramzy Baroud will then run the Philadelphia Marathon. Susie’s children Natalie and Amir also plan to do their part and run in the children’s 1 mile event. http://www.philadelphiamarathon.com/ PfP plans to host a party the evening before the marathon, where people can gather to support the runners – morally

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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

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Enjoy, laugh, play! Our donation is for the children of Palestine in memory of our beloved friend, Marita Boullata.  Marita lived in Palestinian in her early marriage. She championed its land, culture and people, especially children.