Meet several children in Ramallah who respond to questions about the Virus and how they must live because of it. How would you describe the virus? What have you been doing while you cannot attend school? What is your dream? You will love their responses. Watching this video allows the viewer to learn something about these ordinary Palestinian children and the lives they lead.
Please tap the picture above to start the video.
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 daily life in Palestine. It was a gallant effort, in the midst of the pandemic and the lockdown. 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 our website.
More about COVID 19 in Palestine.
Palestine had a pre-existing condition as it confronted the pandemic - the Occupation. And Palestine ended up very vulnerable to the virus.
Here are a few references for your further reading:
Laurie Salameh reported on Seraj in the early days of Covid. See her report in ourMay newsletter.
An informative overview article in the respected Lancet.
Details of July 2020 surge in Hebron, as reported in Aljazeera.
An assessment of the pandemic in Palestine from the World Bank.
We have been asking our donors why they support Seraj. Each day we will post a few of your responses.
Mai Khader Kakish, Wheeling, IL
Growing up in Palestine, I craved a space stocked with colorful children’s books, tables, and chairs small enough to sit down and read books. Seraj libraries would have been my dream going back to my ten-year-old self.
Seraj is built in the heart of Palestinian communities, villages, cities and refugee camps that are rich in stories. Stories rooted in people, places and culture. Despite my physical distance from Palestine, my work with Seraj connects me to the place where I was born. It connects me to the stories of the communities that trace the way I grew up and the person I have become. It gives me the opportunity to feel at home, to give, to be part of the change I wish to see in Palestine.
Palestine is not only the place I grew up in, but Palestine is my home. It is where my family and my childhood memories still live to this day.
Joan Powers, Westmont, IL
Jim (Seraj first Board chair) & Mary Eleanor Wall are good friends.
Debi Nabhan, Valpariso, IN
Every child should have access to a library. Seraj is a good steward with monies given. Thank you.
Each day of the Benefit, 759 supporters will receive an email like this, you included. During the last fiscal year our donors gave us 403 gifts, totaling $282,983. This amount included a $100,000 bequest from an anonymous UK benefactor.
Last year our Benefit raised $49,346. We count on the Benefit for funds to pursue our mission. We hope you will be as inspired by our work as we are, and want to participate.
Seraj has some very exciting projects ready to go, as soon as Palestinian society opens up. $60,000 from the Benefit would put us in a very good place. How high will the 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!