One of Seraj's most exciting new projects is a storytelling center. This video shows us around the site of the Storytelling Center, located in a 150 year old home near Jerusalem. Introduced by Estephan Salameh, he tells a story of his parents. LaurieSalameh guides us through the building and talks about the importance of capturing, preserving and sharing the stories held dear by Palestinians. She references the Rev. Dr. Cotton Fite, our former Seraj Chair, who enjoyed asking Palestinian youth to tell "me your story."
Each of our daily videos were made in the past month. Laurie Salameh, our Director in Palestine, and Fida'a Ataya, our Library Coordinator, worked together to capture our work and the context in Palestine. It was a gallant effort, in the midst of the pandemic and the lockdown in Palestine. We are most appreciative of their efforts. Please enjoy all 5 videos. By the end of the week, all the videos will be available on ourwebsite.
More about Storytelling in Palestine and the community of Kufor Aqab, site of our new Storytelling Center
Our website reports early announcements of our intent to create a storytelling center, and the support from the Fite Memorial Fund.
We have been asking our donors why they support Seraj. Each day we will post a few of your responses.
Al Miller, Arrowsic, ME
I visited a few of the Seraj libraries and was more impressed than I can express here. They would be a model for American foreign aid if anyone in Washington paid attention. They serve the local community and it is that community that helps make decisions about what each library needs. With Estephan and Laurie on site, the libraries can continue to serve the needs of the local village populations.
Palestine is a neglected issue in this country. Palestinians are a warm, bright, remarkably adaptable people. They have had to adapt in ways we would never tolerate. They are a people, a people denied their country.
Galen Burghardt, Evanston, IL
"You can never go wrong helping a child. You don't have to be the whole loaf. Just being the yeast is good enough."
Robert & Maurine Tobin, Providence, RI
In memory of Cotton Fite & in thanksgiving for Pauline Coffman and many others who’ve created this great project, especially the Salamehs.
By September 1, Seraj Board members and Benefit Supporters donated and pledged more than $38,000 to kick off our effort. We are extremely grateful for these friends who have set the pace. We hope you will join them.
Seraj has some very exciting projects ready to go, as soon as Palestinian society opens up. $60,000 would put us in a very good place. How high will our tally go? YOU can make a difference for Palestinian children, their families and communities.
Please be generous! Our Benefit is a major source of our funds. And, we will be eternally grateful and pledge good use of your donations. Thank you!