On Sunday we had the most special night raising nearly £5000 for emergency relief in Gaza.
Wonderful solidarity singing followed by fabulous food – some cooked by the amazing Sahar and some donated by generous business people around Sheffield and Rotherham ( see below)
We also showed a moving tribute to the samud of Gaza’s fishing community who in spite of the threat from Israeli gunboats would go out every day to fish. Thy have of course now lost all their boats and fishing equipment after the bombing of Gaza port.
The money raised means nearly 12000 people can be given meals.
Contributors from Sheffield and Rotherham
Many thanks to all these people without whose help this would not have been possible
UN International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People is Nov 29th. How they need that now!
Join us for an evening where we come together for a fundraiser evening and to show the strength and depth of Sheffield and Rotherham solidarity for Palestine and celebrate the resilience of Palestinian people.
Prices of food in Gaza are now extremely high. The work Musheir El Farra, chair of Sheffield PSC, managed to do on the ground while he was trapped in Gaza, has enabled volunteers to access supplies and so far 1831 families have had parcels of food or blankets or clothes.
Every £400 pounds raised will feed 1000 people with rice and lentils.
From October 13th Musheir El Farra chair of Sheffield PSC has sent reports of support he has distributed thanks to your efforts.
You can read the full report so far here (written November 4th)
UPDATE November 20th:
Prices of food in Gaza are now extremely high. The work Musheir has done on the ground has enabled volunteers to access supplies and so far 1831 families have had parcels of food or blankets or clothes.
Keeping our spaces inhabitable for future generations is a problem world wide. For Palestine and Palestinians, the devastating impacts of occupation is no better demonstrated than with the imperilled state of the water supply in Gaza.
All this and more is fantastically demonstrated in our new calendar pictures from Gaza and infographics from Visualizing Palestine
Kholoud Al Ajarma is a Palestinian refugee from Aida Camp, Bethlehem and is coming to Sheffield next week to speak to us about her experience of working with refugees.
She has lots of experience working with young refugees, encouraging them to speak out and assert their rights. She worked in the Lajee Centre, Aida Camp, and in other camps across the West Bank developing programmes for the youngsters, particularly in media and photography. She has travelled with the Lajee dancers on international tours and acted as compere, giving voice very strongly to the political significance of dance, an act of cultural resistance to occupation and oppression.
She’s a great speaker and knows the value of Children’s Centres, the cause we’re promoting in this Benefit– come and meet her
Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund sponsored its first three women students into university in Gaza in 2007. This year we are celebrating our 10th Anniversary and aiming to reach the target of sending out a total of £100,000 over 10 years.
To reach this target we need to raise £23,000 by June 2017. We have raised £19,000 to date, so are well on the way. There are events planned during the year including an International Women’s Day celebration in Sheffield Town Hall on Wednesday 8th March at 7.00pm. The event is being hosted by the Lord Mayor’s Office.
Come and join us to celebrate the students who have gained degrees and those we are currently supporting. Hear their stories and see their achievements.