The closing months of 2013 are, for many of us a time of reflection. Fifty years
ago on 22nd November 1963 US President John F Kennedy - who had brought hope of a
New World Order - was assassinated. 2014 sees the centenary of the First World War
in which an estimated 15 million people perished. Today, the human cost of war &
violence continues to wreck lives and communities worldwide.
In Israel and Palestine, children are paying a disproportionate price for over sixty
years of conflict. Many live in a perpetual war zone, frightened and stressed by
the uncertain outcome of arbitrary violence. Children from both communities have
lost loved ones, experience extreme anxiety, suffer from mental and physical health
problems and have worryingly high levels of childhood disease and illness.
Although Children of Peace is not a faith based organisation, many of our supporters
are. This November and December 2013 many will pray for a peaceful and better world
as they join with their families and communities in religious festivals, services
and celebrations - Christmas, Ashura, Hannukah, Bodhi day, the Birth of Guru Nanak,
the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Diwali and Al Hijra.
Whatever your belief - religious or secular, let us all hope for peace in the Middle
East as the year turns.
In this update we share the wonderful news that His Holiness Pope Francis has honoured
Children of Peace with his personal blessing.
In other news, we announce the two recipients of our annual Abir Aramin Girls' Bursary;
that a new group joins us - the Humanitarian Intervention Centre. Sophie Hurndall
identifies the impact of medical care for girls in Palestine and our latest interview
is with Goodwill Ambassador Doron Levinson.
Support Our Winter Appeal 2013/14 - Scholarships for Hope Flowers School in Bethlehem
Please support our Winter Appeal 2013/14. It's in aid of Hope Flowers School, a wonderful
affiliate of Children of Peace. Hope Flowers School is inspirational.
Many of the children who attend the school need your help. 80% go home to refugee
camps and 33% have parents who are unemployed. The School is fully independent -
not funded by religious, government or international organisations. The children
suffer many hardships.
We are asking you, your family, community or colleagues to sponsor the education
of at least one economically disadvantaged child just for just £400 or $640 per child.
By helping in this way you will be helping to change a child's future.Find out more.
Protecting the children and hearing their voice is our priority. We need your support
to help us to make that happen. Please donate to Children of Peace.
Thousands of vulnerable children in Israel and Palestine suffer from the conflict.
Your donation could help ensure they receive the support they urgently need.
Donate online and help us to help the children
"Children, the forgotten victims of the conflict"
Please make a positive difference to the children’s lives and to build peace.