Some good news (and a thank you)

People who have been reading for a while will remember that about eighteen months ago I started to raise funds to take teenagers from one of the youth projects I work with to Rwanda. Organised by the Taizé community, an ecumenical community with quite a radical emphasis on justice and reconciliation that emerged during the Second World War, it would have enabled young people who live in very difficult situations to meet with survivors of the Rwandan genocide and explore issues surrounding the fight for justice – and the importance of trust. Unfortunately we could not raise the necessary money in time. So we decided to send them to Taizé itself, in summer, when the community is flooded with thousands of young people from all over the world. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) came forward with a grant that partially covered our costs, and last week it arrived. A few blog readers and friends also donated (which I am very grateful for, as none of the people I know are what you could call spectacularly rich). We have just enough for the teenagers to fly out. All that remains is to raise enough money to cover train and bus travel within France, and hostel costs in Amman. (Being from the West Bank, the teenagers have to fly from there – they aren’t allowed in the airport at Tel Aviv, which adds extra complications.) I’ve created a fundraising page to collect the remaining amount. It will expire in a week, as the trip is to happen in August. If you haven’t yet done so, please donate if you can, or share the page with people who might be able to. And pray for us.

Thank you once more to everyone who has helped. With the exception of the ACN grant, this whole thing really was cobbled together from ten-shekel donations, and it’s pretty amazing that we’ve managed it at last.

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3 thoughts on “Some good news (and a thank you)

  1. From the comfort of my safe, airconditioned, highly capitalistic workplace: I am so glad that your group will be able to go to Taizé. I hope they will have a wonderful time.

  2. Thanks Brant. :) I am still a bit sad we couldn’t manage Rwanda, but as the Muslims say, God is the best of planners and Taizé itself is an experience. I spent a week there myself a couple of years ago and it was a pretty special place.

    Anna – I’m sure they will! Most of them have never been outside Palestine before, and a few haven’t even been outside the Occupied Territories, and as one colleague put it, “They don’t even ask to know where they’re going, as soon as they hear they’re going out, they’re happy!” Thank you for your help. <3

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