August 2014 Newsletter


…helping children reclaim their childhoods

August 2014

NBC 10 of Philadelphia Segment on PfP

NBC 10 – Philadelphia traveled to Palestine and did a story Playgrounds for Palestine. They visited the community space we built in Aida Refugee Camp and spoke to the kids and to the wonderful Salah Ajarma, Director of Lajee Center in Aida.

Click HERE to watch the segment.

PfP’s Palestine Director

PfP would like to welcome our new Program Director in Palestine, Esperanza Shanan.  Esperanza grew up in Kobar, a village in the Ramallah district and currently lives in Ramallah.  She is fluent in Arabic, English, Spanish and Bulgarian.  She is an experienced physical therapist and community organizer.  She has an extensive history working to empower children and families in Palestine.  In particular, she has worked to advance access for children with special needs.  We are very grateful to have her on our team and hope you will join us in welcoming her when she visits us in March for our annual fundraiser in Philadelphia.  Esperanza is pictured below (white t-shirt) at a recent workshop she conducted for children in Lajee.  Topics included environmental responsibility, recycling, team building, and leadership.



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Thank You! Annual Gala Recap

All of us at PfP would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended and supported our annual gala this year.  We are grateful to our fabulous and very funny emcee, Amer Zahr, who kept the evening both lighthearted and substantive. Speakers Adam Abel and Kenny Reed spoke at length about the SkateQilya project that PfP

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Play, while it cannot change the external realities of children’s lives, can be a vehicle for children to explore and enjoy their differences and similarities and to create, even for a brief time, a more just world where everyone is an equal and valued participant.