Our Concern for a community in Palestine

Ali Morgan writes with news of our application for a QPSW Relief grant to support the Bedouin community in Umm Al Khair and an opportunity to hear first hand from the founder of Hebron International Resources Network (HIRN) how our support is helping.

In our March Newsletter we shared news of Bath Friends’ Concern for a Palestinian community in the occupied West Bank.  At our 10 March Business Meeting, Bath Friends committed to support this Concern* and an application for a Quaker Peace and Social Witness Relief Grant which Gloucestershire Friend, Ann Davison and I submitted. Ann and I are both Board members of UK Friends of HIRN (Hebron International Resources Network) which works to support vulnerable communities in the West Bank.

I’m really pleased to be able to tell you that QPSW have approved the first year of our grant application and the sum of nearly £5000 has been gratefully received by UK Friends of HIRN. Our grant application noted that we would like to apply for two more years funding in 2020 and 2021 and we are hopeful that QPSW will continue to support this work if funds allow over the next two years. The grant will fund provision of school transport for children in the Bedouin village of Umm Al Khair.

Recently our partners in Amos Trust took a delegation to Palestine and spent some of their stay working with HIRN and its founder to rebuild a Palestinian home that had been demolished by the Israeli occupation forces. They also visited Umm al Khair and saw the need in the community that our Concern will now support.

Finally I am also very excited to tell you that the Palestinian founder of HIRN will be visiting Britain in July and will be coming to speak to us about Umm al Khair and HIRN’s wider work, after Meeting for Worship on Sunday 7 July.  (We will have a shared lunch at 1200 before he speaks).  And if you can’t attend on Sunday lunch time there is a second opportunity when he will be speaking at The Cheese and Grain in Frome 1700 the same day (Sun 7 July).

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