When folks meet Hamed Qawasmeh of HIRN, they have one word for him--PERSISTENT. As a native of the West Bank city of Hebron, Hamed understands that bureaucracy has been created to slow progress for the Palestinian people. He's seen the impact first hand with non-governmental organizations that require months of paperwork and process to aid communities that don't have that kind of time. To address this concern, HIRN was created by organizing a network of friends to fund schools, housing and clinics for communities in the West Bank that experience the most direct impact from the Occupation. HIRN is able to respond quickly to emerging needs--the fast response means that families can stay in their communities, and continue to resist the occupation another day.
HIRN.'s commitment is to Palestinian communities that live in the shadow of Israeli settlements. Hamed and HIRN support the needs of these families through scholarships, housing assistance, brick and mortar for schools, and other needs these threatened communities discern. HIRN works with the community as a partner, not a leader, believing that these communities know best what they need to manage in the Occupation.
Settlements are expanding in the West Bank, and the numbers of Palestinian communities under direct threat grows every day. We believe that HIRN's mission is so important, that we are bringing Hamed to Philadelphia so you can meet him, hear about his work, and support the projects that HIRN is funding.
The event co-sponsors are Christian Jewish Allies of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Voice for Peace--Philadelphia, American Friends Service Committee, Germantown Mennonite Church, Tikkun Olam Chavurah and the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.