The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrates Palestinian women on its website today with two features on CRS programs in Gaza and the West Bank: one a story about a young woman in Gaza who won’t let her disability get her down, and the other a video about a Palestinian woman who is using her media skills to document life in an impoverished West Bank town. We’re proud to be featured so prominently on USAID’s site: http://www.usaid.gov/wbg/home.html
The Story: Overcoming Barriers: A Woman from Gaza Challenges her Disability
“I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.’’ Helen Keller.
“I am an ambassador for peace in Gaza.” This is how Ahlam Al Qasbelghy prefers to view herself. The 25-year-old, who has a diploma in library science and records management, has not found her dream job yet. Nevertheless, Ahlam is a clear example of a self-starter and a youth leader; she has taken the initiative to work from home as a private tutor for children in her neighborhood and volunteers in youth-led peace projects in Gaza. “I never thought about my future as a volunteer in non-violence and peace projects,” she said. “But I really surprised myself.” Read the rest of the story.
The Video: Palestinian Woman Makes a Difference in Her Community through Media Skills