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A fund-raising effort for the Rawdat El-Zuhar School in East Jerusalem will kick-off financial campaigns for Pal Craftaid this year. The Rawdat School was the recipient of a $40,000 gift from the Knott-DePond Fund several years ago to celebrate the service of Rev. Elizabeth Knott and Connie DePond. Knott founded the organization and DePond worked with her to establish and maintain both its sales operation and charitable giving. The school used the money to renovate its building, establish a science lab and sound-proof the assembly so that music and dance classes do not disturb the studies of other elementary-age school at the facility. Music, dance and drama are core to the school’s curriculum. The school serves a low-income community and Pal Craftaid funds have been used to support both sponsorships for education and programs. The creativity is important for children who live with the stress of occupation and may cross military checkpoints to reach classes. Last year’s campaign focus was the Melia Shop, a small fair trade outlet in Jerusalem’s Old City, where artisans are trained to do Palestinian embroidery and where the goods are sold. Operated by the Arab Orthodox Society, the center received $3,535 from sales and $6,465 from funding appeals, including a social media campaign. The funds will support marketing efforts to better promote the shop’s goods. Other funds were distributed to:
  • Aid to the Aged (ATTA), providing social and medical outreach to the elderly: $3,000 from sales and $150 from a designated gift
  • Rawdat El-Zuhar School for curriculum enhancement: $5,000 from sales
  • Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Center for youth, women’s and general programming: $1,000
  • Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children: $1,000
  • Another $1,500 was set aside to support itineration of an artisan in the U.S. next year.
You can help by making a donation to Pal Craftaid. Send your check, designated for the Rawdat School, to: Pal Craftaid c/o Virginia Priest 3520 N. 30th Street Tacoma, WA 98407


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