Tuesday, 18 December 2007 16:53

Blog Post - David

ImageJune 26th 2007
As you may or may not have heard I am in the most dangerous part of the world. I am a stranger in a strange land, sending out and SOS! to major Tom. We are is plunged into intrastate strife and hellfire, aliens, awaiting the apocalypse, shivering in the dark jungles of Guatamala with Mel Gibson and the whole damn crew of Tribulacion 99.

But no, actually I am deeply in love with the social work of painting and eating arabic food, as well as colloqual arabic classes here. The years I took Arabic at Princeton don't help me much on the streets of Palestine b/c that was standard/formal arabic. My teacher here is a fanatic from al-Quds (Jerusalem) and he's good at getting us to jive with the locals and their lingo.

Tuesday, 18 December 2007 16:42

Blog Post - Phillip

ImageI am at the halfway point in the one month programme and in a good position to reflect on the plethora of experiences here in the Bethlehem area. The overnight flight and subsequent four-hour wait in Israeli immigration at Tel Aviv airport now seems a distant memory, but an amusing one. Departure on Sunday and arrival on Monday merged into one and devoid of sleep Hisham made the bleary eyed 3-part journey to Bethlehem after reaching landside at 8am. First we got a taxi to Jerusalem along with a mix of Americans and, surprisingly, two guys from Northern Ireland. We took a short trip round to Damascus Gate where we tried to arrange travel to Bethlehem. Unable to call our taxi driver we fell back on Hisham’s father in England who somehow managed to have success despite calling from England. We made it, and just in time for our first Arabic lesson at Bethlehem University – any thoughts of bed were delayed by another two hours.

ARSP 101 Introductin to Palestinian Spoken Arabic
     45 Academic Hours, 3 Credits
    
Professor from Bethlehem University
The course will cover the standard Arabic dialect used in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Students will study daily language, basic grammar, common vocabulary, and will begin to converse in real-life situations. Studying the language in the area where it is spoken will speed students’ progress in understanding and speaking. By the end of the course, students will be able to conduct basic, everyday conversations.

Methodology used: Spoken Arabic for Foreigners, M. Halloun, Jerusalem 2003.

III. Grade Distribution:

Class discussions are an integral part of the learning process. The student is expected to play an active role in each class. Class attendance and performance are crucial elements in the final grades. He or she is expected to come to class prepared and to give critical reports on both required and outside readings. Likewise, he or she is required to present two papers both oral and written.

Name of Organization Al-Harrah Theatre
Address Beit Jala – Beside Arab Orthodox Club
Contact Person Marina Barham
Phone # 2767758
Fax # 2767758
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.alharah.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Arts Summer Camps, PerformancesOffice Work, Youth Workshops
Skills needed Computer Skills, proposal writing, website designTheatre directors , actors , light designers
Additional Notes Puppet makers

 

Name of Organization Arab Educational Institute (AEI –Open Windows)
Address Bethlehem-Milk Grotto Street 96
Contact Person Mr. Fuad Giacaman
Phone # 2744030
Fax # 2777554
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.aeicenter.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Youth Group Activation and Leaderships activities Collecting materials for www.palestine-family.net
English communication skills Advertisements Skills
Skills needed Communications skills Documenting ,writing articles skillsYouth Leadership skillsMedia skills
Additional Notes Please supply us with the volunteer C.V. in advance
 
Name of Organization Arab Orthodox Club – Beit Sahour
Address Beit Sahour
Contact Person Samer Tawel
Phone # 2772247
Fax # 2772247
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.aoc-beitsahour.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Proposal writing personReport of project
Skills needed Proposal writing Follow up on projects and donors
Additional Notes Knowledge of youth need and scouts requirements Knowledge of sports teams needs is a plus

 

Name of Organization Doha Municipality
Address Bethlehem
Contact Person Sami Mroua
Phone # 2764343
Fax # 2770233
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website none
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Planning , Engineering
Skills needed Proposal Writing and computer skills
Additional Notes Good Knowledge in English

 

Name of Organization Environmental Education Center ( EEC)
Address Beit Jala – Beside Talitha Kumi School
Contact Person Simon Awad
Phone # 2765574
Fax # 2765574
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.eecp.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Webpage DesignLeadership TrainingProposal Writing
Skills needed Computer Skills Good at reports writingExcellent at English writing
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Islamic Charitable Society
Address Beit Sahour
Contact Person Mr. Khalil Issa Jobran
Phone # 2772040 / 0599524413
Fax # 2772040
E-mail None
Website None
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Painting Classrooms
Skills needed  
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization International Middle East Media Center
Address Beit Sahour - YMCA str.
Contact Person George N. Reshmawi
Phone # 2772018
Fax #  
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.imemc.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers news reports and editing
Skills needed The Ability to write news report and editing
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Maher Center for Children
Address Beit Jala – opposite to Al-Hussein Hospital
Contact Person Yehia Abu Sheriff
Phone # 0599288142
Fax # 2760053
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.mahercenter.org.ps
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Social Working with Kids
Skills needed Skills Dealing with Children with CancerProposal writing Organizing activities for children
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Bethlehem Peace Center
Address Bethlehem -Manager Square
Contact Person Michael Nasser-Director
Phone # 2766677
Fax # 2741057
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.peacenter.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Children Activities and Languages
Skills needed  
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Psyche-social Counseling Center
Address Bethlehem – Dehesha Road – Faiz Abed Rabo Street
Contact Person Khawla Qaraqe’a
Phone # 2745578 / 2750895
Fax # 2745578
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website none
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Designing website to the center
Skills needed Person who have skills in Designing websites and manage this website
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Rural Women’s Development Society-Bethlehem Branch
Address Bethlehem / Jerusalem-Hebron Street
Contact Person Mrs. Nadia Harb
Phone # 2770812
Fax # 2770812
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.rwds.ps
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Rural Women’s Trainer
Skills needed Project Report WritingProposal writing Training for Women’s (held work)
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Working Committees Health – Elderly Club
Address Beit Sahour – Wade Hanna Saad
Contact Person Elen Qassis
Phone # 2774449 (Club) , 2773950 (Home)
Fax # 2774449
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website none
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Projects Writing
Skills needed Design Website Ability to write projects Good English in writing and reading
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Senior Citizen Society
Address Beit Jala
Contact Person Fakhri Habub Ghniem
Phone # 2766370
Fax # 2766371
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.scsbj.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers  
Skills needed Proposal Writing and office work
Additional Notes Computer Skills

 

Name of Organization Bethlehem Municipality
Address Bethlehem P.O.BOX 48
Contact Person Dina Nassar
Phone # 2741323/4/5
Fax # 2741327
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.bethlehem-city.org
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Fund Raising Proposal writing
Skills needed Effective Communications Skills
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Beit Sahour Municipality
Address Beit Sahour / Municipality St. / P.OBOX 1
Contact Person Maha Atrash
Phone # 02-2773666 / 2774007
Fax # 02-2773502
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.beitsahourmunicipality.com
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Different Project
Skills needed Excellent writing skills Editing skills Willing to work under pressure
Additional Notes Thank you for this initiative

 

Name of Organization Beit Sahour Medical Center
Address Beit Sahour / Almadares Street
Contact Person Dr. Raouf Azar – Director
Phone # 2774443/4
Fax # 2775567
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website none
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Poly-clinic , Day care , Medical Center
Skills needed Doctor Nurses ER Staff OR Staff
Additional Notes  

 

Name of Organization Bustan Qaraaqa
Address Wadi Hanna Saad, Beit Sahour
Contact Person Alice Gray
Phone # 274 8994
Fax # N/A
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website http://www.greenintifada.blogspot.com/
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Environmental project – help create a model permaculture farm, demonstrating cheap, easy techniques for sustainable living and food production. Work alongside Palestinian farmers, help them resist land confiscation and demand environmental justice.
Skills needed Skills needed: A strong back, a willing pair of hands and an open heart.
Additional Notes Accommodation is in a dorm shared with other volunteers. The house has a very international atmosphere, and is a busy and vibrant place.
Name of Organization Al Malath Society
Address Beit Sahour - Palestine
Contact Person Mrs. Ghada Isaac
Phone # 02-2756895
Fax # 02-2756895
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website www.malath.ps
Type of Project in need for Volunteers Social Work
Skills needed Skills for programs for youth with special needs
Additional Notes  

Program Are Subject to Change  

Monday:
Am: Volunteer work
Pm: Arabic and History Classes at Bethlehem University
Evening: Group Arabic practice

Tuesday:
Am: Volunteer work
Pm: Arabic and History Classes at Bethlehem University
Evening: Film viewing and discussion at Siraj Center office, in coordination with Rapprochement Center.

Wednesday:
Am: Volunteer work
Pm: Arabic and History Classes at Bethlehem University
Evening: Debkeh Dancing Training

Thursday:
Am: Volunteer work
Pm: Arabic and History Classes at Bethlehem University
Evening: Lecture and discussions at Siraj Center office, in coordination with Rapprochement Center. Topics include Palestinian-Israeli geopolitical issues, health standards in the West Bank, media coverage of Palestine, and the Palestinian non-violence movement.

Friday:
Am: Voluntary work
Pm: Arabic and History Classes at Bethlehem University
Evening: Free activity. The group gets to together and decides what to do. 

Saturday:
Day tours to Palestinian cities: Hebron, Jerusalem, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Nablus, Jinin.

Sunday:
Free Day (Potential hiking day)
All of the above activities are optional.

The Governing board of PCR is called the Board of Directors.  The Board is elected every two years directly by the General Assembly.  Memberships in the GA is open to every Palestinian, male and female, Christians and Muslims who have completed the 16 years of age and has applied to become a member of PCR by submitting a written application, which should be approved in a board meeting.

Members are required to pay an annual registration fee determined by the board of directors.  To be elected to the board, one is requested to have served as a volunteer in any of PCR's activities for a period that is no longer than six months, in order to be known to the General Assembly if he/she decides to run for the board.

The most recent members of the board of Directors elected in February 2017 and will serve until February 2019 are: 

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EYAD A. JOMA, PRESIDENT

Born in Beit Sahour, received his diploma in Jordan as a Dental Technician. Involved in Rapprochement Center since 1998.  Secretary of the board of the Trade Union of the Speciality Association of Science and Technology of Dental Laboratories for two years.  Joined the board of Administrators of PCR in 2006, he served as treasurer for a while and this year he was elected President.

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MAHIRA B. ISAAC, MEMBER

Mahira's history in PCR is not long, however, she expressed high interest in serving the community and settled that PCR is one of the ways she believes can get her involved in community service and development work.  Mahira holds a BA in Mathematics, Applied Economics.  She currently works as the head of the accounting department at the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ)

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ISSA N. ANDONI, TREASURER

Issa joined PCR in 1992 as part of the youth group of the center and have helped organize some of the activities and projects, especially the annual candle procession. In the past ten years, Issa has been following up with PCR activities and decided to join the board this year.  Issa works in the maintenance department at Mercedes-Benz in Beit Sahour.

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RAED M. RISHMAWI, SECRETARY

Raed has been involved in PCR since 1992.  After completing his degree in Agricultural Engineering from Al-Mousil University in Iraq, he worked for the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.  However, after taking some training courses as PCR in web design, he pursued this track for his future career and became the webmaster for Palestine News Network, before quitting and building his own web design business.

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JOHNNY TAWEEL, VICE PRESIDENT

Johnny has been involved in PCR since 1992.  He was among the youth group of the center and have helped organize some of the activities and projects, especially the annual candle procession.  Johnny is very active in the community.  He is one of the main organizers of a Football Tournament in Beit Sahour known as the Beit Sahour Family Tournament organized on annual basis, where thousands of people from Beit Sahour participate in a family activity.

Jane-Hilal

JANE S. HILAL, MEMBER

Jane has been involved in PCR since 1992.  She holds a Master Degree of Science in Environmental Management and is currently the head of Water and Environment Research Department at the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ).  after several years of being busy at work, she decided to share some of her accumulated experience in running and managing projects to help PCR develop its programs.

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TARIK M. SA'AD, MEMBER

Tarik has been involved in PCR since 1992.  He works as a salesman at a souvenir shop in Bethlehem.  He was a member of the youth group and helped with organizing the annual candle procession several times.