What Do We Do? And What Do We Do With The Money We Raise?

22 May

What Do We Do?

We give voice to the authentic living experience of Palestinian women, and call attention to the impact of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian people. And we also support the most vulnerable populations here at home. We resolutely support the rights of all women, and stand firm against bigotry and hate of the other irrespective of faith, color, national origin, immigration status, or orientation. 

In addition, APWA was one of the first organizations to call attention to the relatalibilty of the oppression experienced by Palestinians and the racism and injustice experienced by people of color here at home– in a way that only American Palestinian women can.

Speaking Our Truth to Erase Injustices

At a time when few Americans recognized the human cost of supporting and funding Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people, APWA gave Palestinian women voice to speak and express their truth, and called attention to the impact of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian people as well as Israelis. Throughout, APWA believed in the power of sisterhood and the building of high moral values through action driven principles that call people to act morally and rise above their biases. 

We were one of the first groups to call attention to the contextual relatalibilty of the oppression experienced by Palestinians and the racism and injustice experienced by people of color here at home. We brought about an understanding of the similarities between the economic privilege in our own country whose wealth was extracted from the sweat and free labor of Americans forced into slavery, and how Israel’s wealth, military sales, and economy are dependent on the systematic oppression of the Palestinians, and how Israel’s cross lateral institutions are engaged in the annexation of Palestinian homes and fields to enrich the Israeli settlers who are otherwise with meager means. 

In a way that only American Palestinian women can, we warned Americans on the risks of importing Israel’s oppressive administrative tools that are compromising the integrity of the local police, US securty agencies, and constitutional rights. The uncovering of these corresponding unjust institutional practices alone is a testament to the breadth of the work ahead of us.

What Do We Do With The Money We Raise?

As women who enjoy dual identities- American and Palestinian- we understand the contextual connectivity of the injustices experienced by the Palestinians and America’s marginalized communities. Our dual identity makes it imperative for us to fund programs that help ease the hardships of young Palestinians and their families as well as those communities struggling in our midst.

Here is partial list of the initiatives your contributions help APWA build and support:

  • We support and empower Palestinian women by buying their products and selling them at our various events and bazaars. Each dollar we collect from each of our events that feature Palestinian women products is dedicated to ease the hardships of Palestinian children and their families.
  • APWA funded the building of a guest room to house Palestinian families visiting their sick children at Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem. This made it possible for families visiting their sick child to stay overnight and avoid the complex web of Israeli check points strung across the Palestinian territories,
  • APWA funded the delivery of US donated musical instruments to help build the capacities of Edward Said National Conservatory of Music,
  • We funded the music education of students living in Jenin (West Bank). Several of these students became proficient musicians invited to play at some of the most reputable European concert halls, and some became music teachers spreading the joy of music within Palestine,
  • Until it was made impossible we collected wheel chairs and crutches for the disabled and limbless children in Gaza,
  • We funded and delivered hundreds of backpacks to Palestinian students living in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Each book bag was filled to the brim with school supplies and a warm handwritten note from each donor and funder. 
  • We funded Al-Ahli hospital in Gaza when they faced budget cuts,
  • APWA funded the education of young Palestinian refugees with social, physical, and educational challenges, including children with autism.
  • We financially supported countless of groups focused on supporting Palestinian families and children including UNRWA, ANERA, and UPA.

And Here at Home:

  • We fund and support America’s young and homeless,
  • We donated bikes for the homeless youth,
  •  Organized workshops to help homeless youth maintain their bikes to ensure them reliable and well functioning as they use them to travel from their shelter to school and find employment,
  • We funded and collected home baked meals to feed the homeless,
  • Funded and supported Arab American groups,
  • Funded and supported the foundation of several Arab American women initiatives,
  • Funded the establishment of the Museum of the Palestinian People,
  • Funded and supported IQraa: Running for a Brighter Palestine,
  • Funded women shelters and victims of domestic abuse,
  • Funded American Palestinian women and Arab American women,
  • Funded the education of Palestinian students attending US colleges,
  • Supported the transition of Syrian refugee mothers and their families,
  • Offered financial support to improve the living conditions of Iraqi women immigrants
  • Funded and organized interfaith Ramadan Iftars and events that featured Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy,
  • We funded the education of the young children of the Navajo nation, and gave each student a grade appropriate book about the living experience and aspirations of young Palestinian children, the books collected were authored and published by a Palestinian or a publishing house that supports the human rights of Palestinians.

Because of Your Support:

Because of your support we are able to leverage every penny we raised to help Palestinian children and their families as well America’s underprivileged children and their families.

Because of our Christian, Jewish, and Muslim supporters we built safe interfaith spaces where rabbis, pastors, and imams spoke from the heart about their desire to see a free Palestine

Because you were open to hear our perspective, we were able to expand the conversation and understanding of fellow Americans on the intersectional connectivity of the racial injustice of the people of color in this country, and the injustices committed against the Palestinian people– in a way that only American Palestinian women can.

Thank you! 

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