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A Heartfelt Thank You!

10 Jun

 

This past year, APWA supported and funded Leonard Education
Organization (LEO), a woman run non-profit NGO. 
LEO facilitates the US college admission and matriculation 
of Palestinian youth.

 

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LEO scholar Yazen Meqbil, Majoring in Molecular Biology and Bio Chemistry at Goshen Collge

A Heartfelt thank you!

I wish to offer American Palestinian Women’s Association (APWA) our appreciation for supporting Leonard Education Organization (LEO), whose main objective is to offer Palestinian youth an American college education that would improve their future prospects and help build the intelectual capital of the Palestinian people.

Right before the 2017 Spring Semester, APWA organized and held a fund raiser for the benefit of LEO at the home of an APWA member and founder. On that cold and cloudy Saturday afternoon, APWA members, supporters, and guests gathered around to enjoy a warm afternoon tea with LEO’s executive director Deya’ Leonard Dresner, along with local LEO students, board members, and donors.

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The group listened attentively as our students recounted the process that LEO funds and requires each of its recipients to complete- which includes completing the usual; college applications and interviews, SAT and TOEFL Exams- and the unusual; travel permits to exit Palestine and prpare for their first plane trip away from home. They also shared their college campus experiences and spoke of the many challenges they faced and conquered here in the US and at home.

Soon after the spring semester began, we asked APWA to cover the cost of  textbooks for our college students.  And again APWA did not fail us. APWA supplied our students with their respective course textbooks, without which their education would have been compromised.

I urge you to read LEO Stories, which offers a glimpse of the amazing success these young Palestinians have accomplished in a span of a year- much credit belongs to APWA for making this possible.

Again, thank you to APWA and its members. Your support has allowed LEO to fulfill its mission- prepare, mentor, and secure the best college education for Palestinian youth.

Warmly,
Deya’ Leonard Dresner
Executive Director
Leonard Education Organization

Deya' Leonard Dresner, is an American Palestinian woman. She is the 
founder and executive director of Leonard Education Organization ( LEO ),
a non-profit NGO. http://leonardeducation.org

 

IQraa: ‘Running for a brighter Palestine’

20 Apr

IQraa (read in Arabic) is kicking off its 2017 running campaign in May. IQraa is a non-partisan and non-political group with one specific goal, which IQraa clearly declares on it’s racing team shirts: ‘Running for a brighter Palestine‘.

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American Palestinian Women’s Association (APWA) has supported IQraa since its inception- APWA members helped found IQraa, fielded runners and volunteered for IQraa, and our members have funded IQraa’s laudable objective. Needless to say, APWA and countless of others are invested in the continued success of IQraa.

Here is why: Since 2008, IQraa’s 148 runners and dedicated volunteers have raised more than $208,000 for United Palestinian Appeal (UPA)-implemented education projects. In 2016 alone, IQraa raised over $20,000, enough to fund about 20 student scholarships. The addition of one more Iqraa runner will make a huge difference in supporting the eduction of one more college student for an entire year. IQraa volunteers also earn hours for manning and coordinating training and race stations, which translates to direct funding IQraa from race organizers.

If you are a first time runner, running for IQraa is a great opportunity that would help you to train for a marathon, half-marathon, 5K or 10K, and also support the education of Palestinian youth. And if you are an avid runner you can run in your chosen race as an IQraa runner (at a local race or abroad as far as Athens). If not inclined to run or volunteer, you can sponsor an IQraa runner.

2017iqraagroupFor more info about IQraa please visit their web site, or read this article.

Feel free to forward the attached one page flyer to friends and colleagues or post on your bulletins Iqraa 2017 Info Flyer .