Today you will be introduced to some of the mothers who staff the Seraj Libraries in Palestine, all of whom serve as volunteers. Many of these women are the primary community builders in their villages. Here, three of those mothers talk about the importance of having books for their children.
Lubna,an artist and children's book author, tells us that it is necessary to have books in the home and to take children to libraries and to register them so they can pick the book they want and feel independent. She went on to say that “everyone experiences the occupation in different ways, tells us that it is hard to get books because of import fees and that publication of books written locally is expensive.
Zeinab, mother, artist, teacher and volunteer librarian at our Jiftlek library, says that libraries are not just about books and stories, but also camps, games, education, nature...everything! She shows us how she raises additional funds for her library with handicrafts!
Maha,teacher and librarian at a girls school commented that thank goodness the children she works with like to read because occasionally she will encounter a child who seems a little down or preoccupied with a problem, and may suggest a book for them to read that gives them a helpful insight.
Each of these stories help underscore the importance how much our support of Seraj Libraries means to Palestinian children and their mothers.
Click here for a closer look at ourJiftlek library in the Jordan Valley. This library was launched with funds from James Wall, our first U.S. Board Chair. We mourn his passing this summer. He was memorialized at the First United Methodist Church in Elmhurst, IL on October 2 at 10:00 am CST. The service was also live-streamed on the Church Facebook page and may be viewed on their website.
What your donation means to Seraj Library Project
Our two big projects – YOU can participate
Last year we sent $107,000 to Palestine, who were in a COVID pause. In the next two years we hope to send a total of $390,000 in support of our two big projects: the Palestinian Storytelling Center and the Birzeit Cultural Hub. Seraj Palestine is becoming a cultural force in Palestine, in support of its threatened heritage and culture. Seraj US is eager to support these remarkable efforts.
Seraj Palestine is rising to the occasion these two unique opportunities have presented.(Read the full story here). We in the US, and around the world, can be part of these exciting developments by contributing to getting these projects up and running. Next year, we’ll be able to see the fruits of these labors in the lives of Palestinian children and families.
Please be generous! The Benefit is a major source of our funds. And, we will be endlessly grateful and pledge good use of your donations.Thank you!