90% of $25,000 goal
The Palestinian House of Friendship (PHF), now in its 28th year, offers programming and support for young people in Nablus on the West Bank in Palestine, as well as in the nearby village of Asira Al Shamaliya. Programs include music, dance, and art, outdoor sports, play, and Palestinian cultural folklore events. PHF has an active Girl Scout Troop, a studio for recording music and oral histories, a skateboard park and playground, and provides free books through street libraries. PHF has sponsored the Smiling Faces summer camps for decades now, which serve about 500 kids over the summer, including special attention to children with disabilities.
Newer programs that began during the pandemic include e-learning in West Bank schools, delivering "Boxes of Love" that include items such as blankets, food, books and masks, outreach to hospitalized children with cancer, and new outdoor activities for children called the Green Hand Initiatives that includes gardening, planting olive trees and cultivating young people's attachment to the land. All ages of women also create traditional embroidery, and elder women have their own singing group.
Thank you for your generous contribution to our spring fundraising campaign, where we are raising $25,000; it will be put to very good use!