Hope is one of the things that is needed most in the Holy Land at this time as there is so much going on, and so many people find life hard and are not sure what to do in order to bring about better situations for themselves and their families. That is why the support that we can give to the three initiatives that we are featuring from the Holy Land in this year’s Lent call is so important.
You have already heard about the Al Alhi Arab Hospital and some of its needs. Since we wrote last week Revd David Longe, who is Archbishop Suheil’s Chaplain has also suggested that we might like to recommend this article to you www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/un-food-aid-palestinian-refugees-180221140459314.html
He comments that when funding cuts bite the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) closes schools. This would clearly not be a good thing as it diminishes hope and leaves the young people without occupation.
Here are two interviews with the Principals of the other projects to which we are proposing to give money from the Lent Call appeal, which were recorded as the Diocesan Pilgrims visited these two projects.
Here Ruba speaks to Bishop Christopher about the funding needs of Al Shurooq School and Najwa talks to the Dean about the challenges facing their home and school. The only regular funding that they both get regularly is that from the McCabe’s Educational Trust (This is the charitable arm of the company through whom we arrange our Diocesan Pilgrimages). So money that we can give might go to help refurbishing the sports equipment, to provide sensory rooms and to build new living rooms or provide play equipment for the children. The importance of being hopeful and bringing hope to others is one of those biblical injunctions which it seems so important in this sort of situation and helping these children and those who care for them will definitely bring hope.
Hope is what the work at Al Alhi, Al Shurooq and Jeel al Amal is all about and we hope that these videos will inspire you to give generously to their fantastic work.