Three Moments Stood Out For Me...
Friends – The second week was as exciting as the first. Three moments stood out for me.
- Yasmin Kiyali’s e-mail. On Wednesday Yasmin sent the leadership team an e-mail confirming
that an Asian Foundation would pay for a new school in Shatila. Well done Yasmin! With
three schools in the B&Z portfolio, we will be responsible for educating over 2,000 children.
This is a heavy – but delightful – responsibility
- A visit to Shatila on Monday. Shatila is a place that gives me energy. It’s a difficult place but
also a place full of life and possibility. I particularly enjoyed taking part in a peace studies
class. I would like to give credit to Nawal, Yaseen, Ahmed, Shaddi and Ahsam. The class was
a joyful event. The children loved having a chance to tell their own stories.
- A visit to Bar Elias on Tuesday. This community centre is surrounded by tent villages. If you
want proof that B&Z is a “front-line” NGO closely connected to the people it serves – then
Bar Elias is the place to go. I had a good time talking to Hosam, Kauthar and Waleed in small
grants. They are quite simply changing people’s lives.
- A low point. I am learning Arabic. I spend at least six hours a week learning Arabic. I ought to be better than I am. In front of the Bar Elias employees I tried a few words of well-rehearsed Arabic “My name is Richard. I work for Basmeh and Zeitooneh”. People looked at me blankly. They had not understood a word. Apparently, I need to improve my pronunciation.Yateek Alafeeah. Richard.
In the next few weeks I would like to meet as many of you as I can. Thank you for the work that you are doing.
- Publish date:
- Related Centers:
- Nabaa Al-Qibbeh Shatila Bar Elias
- Related Programs:
- Relief Shelter Renovation Women’s Workshop Vocational Training Protection Peace Education Non-Formal Education Arts and Cultural Center Future Together Now Information Hub Media Training Center Advocacy Community Renovation