In honor of Eid al-Fitr, a holiday celebrated by Muslims all over the world to mark the end of Ramadan, three YES alumnae partnered with two alumni from the English Access Microscholarship program to initiate a donation drive project. During Eid al-Fitr, people visit their families, children receive presents, and traditional sweets are given to neighbors. For this project, the alumni provided cookies and toys for families in need in Hebron.
To help with distribution, the alumni reached out to the Sawaeid Volunteers Group, a youth initiative that has experience in fundraising for underserved families in Hebron. YES alumnae Saba'a Rjoub and Yara Amayra donated many of these baskets to families living in Dura, one of the largest villages in the Hebron area. The rest of the baskets went to families living in the city of Hebron.
YES alumna Nofouz Maswada says, "Although this Eid isn't the happiest one for Palestinians, we tried to spread some cheer to families and their children. It made us equally happy to see their smiles and hear their laughter."
Read about how the YES alumni in the West Bank celebrated Ramadan together virtually last year here.
Nofouz Maswada (YES 2016–2017, West Bank, placed with AFS in Portland, OR)
Saba'a Rjoub (YES 2016–2017, West Bank, placed with FLAG in Lodi, WI)
Yara Amayra (YES 2015-2016, West Bank, placed with PAX in Clarkdale, AZ)