As women who enjoy dual identities, American and Palestinian, we understand the contextual connectivity of the injustices suffered by the Palestinians and America’s marginalized communities. Our dual identity makes it imperative upon us to fund programs that help ease the hardships of young Palestinians and their families as well as struggling communities in our midst.
With your contributions, we were able to help and build the following initiatives in the diaspora :
- We supported and empowered Palestinian women by buying their products and selling them at our various events and bazaars. Each dollar we collect from our events that feature Palestinian women products is dedicated to ease the hardships of Palestinian families and their children.
- Funded Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza when it faced budget cuts. in addition, it also funded the building of a guest room to house Palestinian families visiting their sick children at Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem. This made it possible for families visiting their sick children to stay overnight and bypass the complex web of Israeli check points strung across the Palestinian territories.
- We also funded the delivery of US donated musical instruments to help build the capacities of Edward Said's National Conservatory of Music. We also funded the music education of students living in Jenin (West Bank). And several of these students became proficient musicians invited to play at some of the most reputable European concert halls. Others became music teachers spreading the joy of music within Palestine.
- Furthermore, APWA funded and delivered hundreds of backpacks to Palestinian students living in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Each book bag was filled to the brim with school supplies and a warm handwritten note from each donor and funder.
- We also funded the education of young Palestinian refugees with social, physical, and educational challenges, including children with autism.
- Finally APWA financially supported countless of groups focused on supporting Palestinian families and children including UNRWA, ANERA, and UPA.
At home, we undertook the following initiatives :
- Donated bikes for the homeless youth and organized repair and maintenance workshops. These bikes were the only source of reliable transportation to school and work.
- Funded and collected home baked meals to feed the homeless.
- Funded and supported many Arab American groups and Arab American Women's initiatives.
- Funded the establishment of the Museum of the Palestinian People (MPP).
- Funded and supported IQRAA, Running for a Brighter Palestine.
- Funded the education of Palestinian students attending US colleges.
- Provided financial support to improve the living conditions of Iraqi women immigrants and the Syrian Refugees.
- Funded and organized interfaith Ramadan Iftars and events that featured Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergymen.
- Funded the education of the young children of the Navajo nation and provided them with school bags and supplies. Also, each student was provided with a grade appropriate book (published by the Palestinian Publishing House).
APWA is a non-profit, non-political, secular organization