Julian Lewis I am a writer, editor and social entrepreneur. As a parent who has travelled in the Middle East, I am inspired by Susan Abulhawa’s vision of playgrounds as ‘a special place and refuge’ for young Palestinians to play.
Henry Bowlby I was a Primary School teacher but now work for a playground construction company. I believe in the healing power of play so am pleased to help provide playgrounds to improve Palestinian children’s lives.
Sarah Parkhouse I was a lawyer, now retired. I became a supporter of PfPUK after a visit to the Holy Land and very much endorse the way in which it brings opportunities of play to children living in such challenging circumstances.
Evie Dickinson I work in Fundraising and Communications for a UK Charity and have been working within the small charity sector for around seven years. I hope to use my skills to boost awareness of Playgrounds for Palestine UK.
Ayah El-fahmawi is a biologist, clinical researcher, aspiring doctor, and Palestinian American poet. She was the 2018 second place recipient of the Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts scholarship. She is also a mentor for the Bridge Palestine program which works to connect Palestinian students with support for applying to international universities. She is thrilled to be a
Amer Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, and adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He has headlined packed houses at New York City’s world-famous Carnegie Hall and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He is the founder of producer of the “1001 Laughs Ramallah
Pete Ayoub is an American-born son of two Arab Christian immigrants. He attained his B.S. from Cabrini University and his M.B.A. from Villanova University, where he has a dual concentration in International Business and Strategic Management. It was at Villanova where Pete first met Susie, and learned how to volunteer with Playgrounds for Palestine. His interest stemmed
Amali is a first generation Palestinian American who grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, with her 5 siblings. She graduated from Temple University’s Doctorate Pharmacy program and helps her husband run their own businesses. She is a devoted wife, proud mom of three very active kids, runner, photo-taker, tree hugger, and life lover. She is proud
Cassandra works as a carpenter and painter in Madison, WI and lives at a Mary House, a catholic worker house that provides hospitality to low income families visiting the federal prison in Oxford WI.
Samir El-Omari is an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. He is a second-generation Palestinian refugee from Jaffa. Samir joined Playgrounds for Palestine – Madison chapter since his arrival in Madison in 2007 and now is running this chapter. The last project funded by the Madison chapter was built summer 2016 in