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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.

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.


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‘.


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 .

2013 Annual Holiday Bazaar Proceeds will Support Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem

4 Nov

American Palestinian Women’s Association


Annual Holiday Bazaar


Epiphany United Methodist Church

1014 Country Club Drive NE

Vienna, VA 22180

Saturday, November 16, 2013

10 AM — 4:30 PM



Gifts from the Holy Land

Palestinian Embroideries, Christmas Ornaments,

Olive Wood Mangers, Jerusalem Pottery,

Handmade Nabulsi Soaps, Olive Oil and Crafts

Purchased from

Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Gaza and the Ramallah Region


Homemade Palestinian Foods

Falahi Vegetarian Lunch, Baklawa,

Honey and Savory Treats.


All Proceeds will Support

Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem, Palestine


For further information:

Samar Najia:


APWA is a non-profit organization under the IRS code 501(c)(3)


On Behalf of APWA, We Extend our Deepest Sympathies to the Qubain Family

17 Apr

Dear APWA members and friends,

We at American Palestinian Women’s Association are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Dr. Fahmi Qubain the founder of the Hope Fund:

On behalf of all of us at APWA, we extend our deepest sympathies to Helen and the Qubain family as they struggle through this period of grief. Dr. Qubain was a valuable asset to our community, and we along with them mourn his loss.

Dr. Qubain passed but his legacy will continue with the immanent success of the 35 Hope Fund students and scholars Dr. Qubain invested more than a decade in pursuit of offering them the best available education. Whether raised in the refugee camps of Lebanon, Syria,  Jordan or  the West Bank. East Jerusalem or Gaza- these promising future Palestinian doctors, lawyers, scientists, politicians and educators bode to be effective contributors of Palestinian society.

We know you will find support in your family, your friends, and the Hope Fund students who have been recipient of Dr. Qubain’s tireless work, boundless faith and commitment.

We are here to help in any way we can, and we hope you can count on us in these difficult times as we promise to continue our commitment to the Hope Fund- as we had done in the past.

Accordingly, in memory of Dr. Qubain and his diligent work to improve the future prospect of young Palestinians we will send the Hope Fund a check on behalf of APWA members. We also encourage APWA members and friends to support the Hope Fund  and the good work of both Dr. Qubain and his daughter Helen by directly contributing to the Hope Fund:


American Palestinian Women’s Association

APWA is a Proud Sponsor of ADC’s Women Initiative

23 Dec

American Palestinian Women’s Association is delighted to sponsor ADC’s Women Initiative “Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America”.

APWA’s executive committee found ADC’s Women Initiative “Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America” to be very meaningful to the American Palestinian and Arab American women living in the DC area for the following reasons:

  • APWA’s decision to help support this event stems from our interest in supporting and advancing American Palestinian and Arab American women initiatives that are authentically and organically women run and envisioned.
  • Based on our belief that women are a formidable force of transformative social change we are confident this event will help us build collective support to harness the capacity of American Arab and American Palestinian women living in the DC Metro area.
  • Currently there is a great deal of interest in American Arab women issues and believe ADC’s Women Initiative “Turaath” will help shed light on the contributions of Arab American women.

APWA is a proud sponsor of ADC’s Women Initiative “Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America”. Accordingly we will provide you with our logo and message to include in your event booklet, and all other promotional materials ADC will use to help promote ADC’s Women Initiative “Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America“. Meanwhile, APWA’s executive committee and members are committed to help promote and support ADC’s Women Initiative “Turaath: Celebrating Arab Culture in America”.

In the near future APWA plans follow up activities — where APWA can collaborate and coordinate with ADC’s Women Initiative to plan an educational outreach event to help build on this constructive effort.

We hope together we can beneficially engage our community on the role of American Palestinian and Arab women play in mitigating the many critical social issues we collectively face.


Since 2004 American Palestinian Women’s Association is Serving our Community

20 Dec

 American Palestinian Women’s Association


“Bridging Cultures for a Brighter Future”

APWA is a non-profit, non-political, secular, organization, established in 2004 by concerned American Palestinian women in The Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

APWA aims to:

  • Address the needs of American Palestinian women and their families.
  • Build American Palestinian women’s capacity to improve their familial social, cultural and economic conditions.
  • Create support networks for American Palestinian women and their families for better and more effective integration in the U.S.
  • Introduce the Palestinian narrative thru cultural interaction to build cross-cultural bridges between and among our communities.

APWA is a non-profit organization under the IRS code 501(c)(3)