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This Christmas the Amos Trust appeal is for the ‘SMILE’ Christmas Children’s Programme and women’s empowerment work, run by Wi’am Conflict Resolution Centre in Bethlehem.
Please help us to transform the garbage of anger and hate into the tree of compassion this Christmas.”
Founder, Wi’am Reconciliation Centre,
Your support will help 300 children and their families, who are living in the shadow the Separation Wall in the Aida and al Assra camps, to celebrate Christmas. It will allow Wi’am to provide support for women through their women’s programme in the desperately difficult winter months.
We are seeking to raise £15,000 for our 2018 Christmas Appeal. If you are concerned that your Christmas donation won’t get through in time, then don’t worry — in Bethlehem, they celebrate Christmas three times from December to January!
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The ‘Smile’ holiday programme
Wi’am’s ‘Smile’ holiday programme provides activities for children over the Christmas period who would otherwise have little to smile about. Bethlehem has three Christmases — Roman (25th December), Orthodox (7th January) and Armenian (18th January), and they are off school for this whole period.
The children come from Aida and Al Isra refugee camps and the area around Wi’am that borders the illegal Israeli Separation Wall. The stress levels and poverty in these families continue to grow while the chance to play in green spaces decreases year on year.
Women’s empowerment programme
Wi’am’s Women’s empowerment programme seeks to equip women, who often have to fulfil the traditional domestic roles while seeking much-needed employment and bear so much of the brunt of the difficulties faced in Bethlehem.
The programme seeks to equip single and married women to pursue their aspirations (and those they have for their daughters), to provide support and ways forward within tense and sometimes violent domestic settings, to allow the women to enjoy each others company and to recognise their worth and value.
Photography: © Amos Trust/James Jagger
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Please watch our short film about Wi’am’s work in Bethlehem.
We work alongside grass-roots partners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in Palestine, South Africa, Nicaragua, Burundi, India and Tanzania.
Reaching children on the streets, addressing their trauma, working with them and their families to reintegrate them into their homes, to realise their rights and recover their future.
Working with local and international peace activists, and partnering with grass-roots projects, to call for a just peace, reconciliation and full equal rights for all Palestinians and Israelis.
Addressing the impact of climate change and the causes of extreme poverty, building sustainable rural communities and empowering them to realise their rights.
Bringing people together to meet our partners from around the world, visiting the communities they work in and seeing their projects in action – building solidarity and lasting friendships.
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