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WEEK VAN DE VREDE

Deze week is het Vredesweek, die op 21 september van start is gegaan met de Internationale Dag van de Vrede.

Vredeseducatie is één van de pijlers waarop Hope Flowers School is gebouwd - toen Hussein Issa meer dan 35 jaar geleden begon met een kleuterschool in het Dheishe vluchtelingenkamp, was het zijn visie om kinderen zó te onderwijzen dat ze een toekomst zouden kunnen bouwen op basis van gelijke rechten, wederzijds begrip en respectvolle samenwerking.

De afgelopen decennia is de situatie op de Westelijke Jordaanoever steeds minder vatbaar gemaakt voor vrede met alle lelijke 'facts on the ground' die door de bezetting zijn gecreëerd die het dagelijks leven voor Palestijnen zwaar onder druk zetten.
Het 'vredesproces' in de politieke zin van het woord is daarmee inmiddels effectief om zeep geholpen.

Het werk dat Hope Flowers School doet in die verslechterende omstandigheden, en het voorbeeld dat de school geeft aan veerkracht en inspiratie en hoop, is daarom extra belangrijk.
Voor ons is het een krachtige herinnering aan wat een positieve visie kan bereiken.
Voor de leerkrachten is het de manier waarop ze onder moeilijke omstandigheden toch iets positiefs tot stand kunnen brengen.
Voor de leerlingen is het een dagelijkse bevestiging van hun waarde, hun talenten, hun menselijkheid - het belang daarvan als tegengif tegen de apartheid op de Westelijke Jordaanoever kan nauwelijks worden overschat.

Hope Flowers School is een 'vredesproces' voor het gevoel van eigenwaarde, en leert kinderen dat een andere en betere toekomst mogelijk moet zijn – een toekomst die uiteindelijk vorm zal krijgen door wat de kinderen hier leren.

Hope Flowers School heeft een serieuze en blijvende impact, en zal haar visie blijven realiseren, met uw steun!
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITIES & SCHOOL TO RE-OPEN SOON

The UN have declared September 5 as International Day of Charities. Around this date, the school will re-open. And we're going to take the occasion to gather extra support for Hope Flowers School, because it is really neccessary!

Covid-19 is still a (big) problem in Bethlehem, and although the total lockdown has been lifted, there are still many restrictive measures and the region is considered a Covid-19 high risk area by the WHO.

This applies not only to Bethlehem but to various other provinces on the Westbank, too. The fact that the Israeli army has destroyed Covid-19 test locations at Hebron and Jenin in recent months, and that Palestinians working and infected in Israel are just sent back to the Westbank, does not really help to improve the situation, to say the least.

At Hope Flowers School, the most vulnerable children are now being taught in one-on-one situations, with a teacher to every classroom. These children and teachers have been tested on Covid-19. All other children are currenlty still doing online lessons - in an earlier Newsflash we have already described how Facebook is being used for remote teaching in a smart way! But: the school will re-open again for all children in early September!

Due to the problematic financial situation, teachers have only been paid half over the past two months. We want to do something about that!

Support Hope Flowers School with your donation, or start a fundraiser yourself via FB for our charity, Friends of Hope Flowers! (you can use the text of this post)
We are going to gather as much financial support as possible for Hope Flowers School toward September 5!
Donate, share, fundraise: we all can really do something and make a difference! Together we will succeed!
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NEW COVID-19 WAVE ON WESTBANK HITS HARD FOR THE SCHOOL'S MOST VULNERABLE PUPILS

A new wave of Covid-19 infections has hit the Westbank, with severe effects for Hope Flowers School and its pupils. After a brief episode of relaxation in June, now a second complete lockdown has been ordered, and remote education is again what the school has to fall back to.

For pupils with learning disabilities - e.g. autism, trauma, special needs - this is not an alternative, and they are badly impacted and their education gets a major setback.
Hope Flowers School had requested permission for one-on-one sessions for education, psychosocial counseling and rehabilitation for this group of children and their families, but unfortunately that has been denied by the PA Ministry of Education.

On a positive note, our fundraiser for food and hygiene packages has helped support 25 of the poorest families of pupils in the past months.

Also, until this month, Hope Flowers has been able to pay the salaries of all teachers and staff thanks to the support of the several international Friends organizations.

Unfortunately, funding from the EU for the staff who are working with autistic children has ended a few months ago. Without a renewal of the funding, the school will be forced to let go of the specialized teachers working with these children. It would be a setback for the children, for the staff and their families, and for the realization of Hope Flowers' vision to invest in the lives of all children, also the marginalized!

On top of all that, the threat of annexation that would bring additional hardship and problems is looming large over the whole of the Westbank.

Please consider supporting the school with a donation in these difficult times, to show your solidarity and to make a difference where it matters!
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RAMADAN CAMPAIGN: FOOD PACKAGES

Hope Flowers School has been handing out warm meals to (malnourished) pupils from impoverished families, as part of their Child Protection Programme. Due to the strict lockdown in Bethlehem, this has not been possible since the beginning of March, while the families concerned (mostly from Deheishe refugee camp) have often been even further affected by loss of income.

At the request of director Ibrahim Issa, we focus on those pupils and their families during Ramadan this year, to provide food packages.

For € 55, an proper food package can be assembled, for which Ibrahim has already arranged special prices with some local supermarkets. The school bus drivers - who normally bring the children to school and back home - will get a special permit to deliver the packages to the families that need it the most.

We strive to support with at least 60 food packages. Through a generous donation we could kick off the campaign with 20 boxes already there!

Give your support and help fight malnutrition!