A Letter to the Generous Donor
Fun Days on the Beach for Palestinian Children – Summer 2017
Summer vacation is at our doorstep and we would once again like to "open up" the sea for Palestinian children, as we have done successfully for the last 10 years. This is also the 50th year of the occupation which unfortunately has become over the years a fact of life for millions of people.
Palestinian children live only a few miles away from the beautiful coasts of The Mediterranean and yet cannot enjoy its wonders due to the restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities.
We are a group of Israeli women volunteers, all of us members of MachsomWatch, who have learned over the years, only too well, of the many hardships imposed by the ongoing occupation. Therefore, we started this project to enable Palestinian children enjoy nature's gifts and open the sea to everyone.
This season we are starting earlier in order to host three groups of The Jahalin children from Khan al Ahmar. Their community is facing evacuation and destruction of their homes and school sometime this summer. Their parents approached us to help distract and comfort the children, before the end of the school year, to help them cope with the traumatic event they are going to experience.
Over the past 10 summers, we have organized “Fun Days” on the beach and brought children from their villages in the West Bank, across the checkpoints onto the beach. This project had not been possible without the committed participation of many volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Last year, we managed to bring 1400 children and their mothers for a one-day summer camp on the beach. We hope to be able to keep this project going and hopefully expand. It has gained wide recognition amongst Palestinians, and many children, who have never been to the sea before, are already looking forward with excitement to participate in this year's activity. We hope that we can fulfill their hopes. In order to do so, we have to ask for your support.
A cost per day for one child is 50$, which includes bus transportation from the different villages to Tel Aviv and back, swimming and beach activities, meals, as well as social and artistic activities in the afternoon, at a Community Center in Jaffa. As the entire operation is made possible by contributions, we depend on your generosity which will determine the number of children who will be able to enjoy the sea this season.
The season will spread this year through May-July-August due to Ramadan falling in June.
We hope that the children's great happiness will be as great a source of fulfillment for you as it is for us.
For donation: please click below the 'Donate'
or make a bank transfer as follow:
Bank Name: Bank Leumi
Bank Local Code: 10949
Account Name: Rachel Afek, Tzvia Shapira, Kaytana,
Account Number: 18584146
Swift Code: LUMIILITXXX