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
Salah was the director of Lajee Center in the Aida Refugee Camp, where he was born and lived all his life, until his passing in April 2021. He was our brother, comrade, and friend, and we miss him deeply. Salah was a champion of his people, and he dedicated all his life to improving the
I was a teacher but now run a small educational company, specialising in mathematics. Following a visit to Palestine I read the article in the Guardian then got in touch with our American counterparts and asked how could we help.
I was a Primary School teacher for twenty years and now work in Education Welfare. As a teenager I spent time in Palestine which left a deep and lasting effect on me. The ability to make a small difference to the lives of Palestinian children attracted me to the work of Playgrounds for Palestine.
Kareema is a Palestinian-American and a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Morocco as a Youth and Business Development volunteer. She lived in Jordan for part of her life and grew a better understanding of the growing injustices towards Palestinians. After she returned to the U.S. she grew heavily involved in Palestinian solidarity work
Pete 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 from
Stephanie Sena is a professor of history at Villanova University and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her areas of specialization are Middle Eastern History, and the history of race and class in the US. In 2011 Stephanie founded SREHUP- the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia to engage students in the work of ending
Hanan Urick is a first generation Palestinian-American. She is a mom, pharmacist, school volunteer and childrens’ rights advocate. She grew up in North Jersey and holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a PharmD from Shenandoah University. She currently resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with her
Betsey Piette, Playgrounds for Palestine Treasurer is a retired accountant with over 12 years experience in the non-profit field, and 15 years experience as a Business Manager for a childcare center. Piette has been a life-long supporter of Palestinian rights, first as a student activist in the 1970’s and most recently an organizer of many
Jacqueline Berry was born and raised in the UK, leaning that the “Israelis made the desert bloom”. Thanks to a degree in Geography/Development Studies and many adventures around the Middle East/North Africa, she learned how effectively history can be rewritten/obscured/denied. She moved to Philadelphia with her husband in 2001, currently works and advocates for People With Disabilities and is