After the construction of the Israeli Wall in Palestine, the Palestinian people, especially farmers, have found themselves in a very difficult situation: landless and without jobs and no source of income. Life is getting harder by the day. So during one of the visits of Palestinians for Peace and Democracy, some of the women in the village of Tulkarm asked for help to open a bakery to bake bread for the villagers and to provide jobs for some of the farming families.
Palestinians for Peace and Democracy usually does not take on humanitarian projects. We see our mission as to educate the public of the Palestinian cause and to tell the story of the Palestinian people. Due to the enormous need and the economic hardship, the Palestinian for Peace and Democracy chapter in Houston decided to take on the responsibility for the project. So, they organized a fundraising dinner in February, 2005 and it was attended by several hundred people. Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, was the keynote speaker. More than $15,000 was raised and was hand-delivered with the Women's Peace Delegation to Palestine. We thank the Arab and Palestinian community in Houston for their generous support, and we will keep you updated with the progress of the Project.