Tuesday 29 April 2014

Palestinian prisoners’ day

It was a good event. We spent time at Kentish Town Station.We blind-folded  four  CADFA friends  in order to attract people and for them to ask about what we were doing.
People came and asked and we answered. It was useful and interesting.

Wednesday 23 April 2014

This picture was taken while we were collecting signatures for Palestinian prisoners telling the UK parliament that we care about them. It was successful because we talked to people a lot and told them about Palestinian prisoners.

Thursday 10 April 2014

An Evening for Palestine

On Tuesday the 8th, we celebrated a long awaited event at CADFA, with many of the EVS volunteers, CADFA members, and new faces! The evening went as planned, with an initial musical introduction (oude), followed by speakers from Palestine and Lebanon, who talked about some of the issues brought by the occupation, and finally,  we ate traditional maqloubeh cooked by us! 

We invited Palestinians  from Al-Izarea and Jerusalem  who were in London. They joined us by sharing their stories as well.
Nizar Al-Issa
Was one of our guests for the evening, and he sang to us nice  traditional Palestinian songs.We enjoyed this part of the event very much :)
An evening from palestine 
On 8th Aprıl 2014 we had an eveınıng from Palestıne, we cooked Maklouba together (Lucil,Ibrahim.Shahid) in Bee's house, it was the first experience for us to cook for many people but we did it :)
Nandita ( the Director of CADFA) introduced people, then we started to talk about what are we doing as a palestinian volunteers .

Tuesday 8 April 2014

Visit of the Palestinian ambassador in UK and the Minister of Sport in Palestine in CADFA

Last Monday was a special day for CADFA because we had some special guests : Jibril Rajoub, the Ministry of Sport in Palestine and Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador in UK.

Jibril Rajoub had to do some visits in UK and France. Shahd, who had got in touch with him, asked him to come to visit us in our office. The meeting was attended by Nandita (director of CADFA), some previous volunteers involved in Palestine and the current volunteers involved in London and also some CADFA friends.
He didn't know about CADFA before so we explainded to him about the aims of our organization and its different actions and projects.

He said that he was very interested and offered us his support and help in developping our many ideas into concrete projects.

We would like to thanks him and the ambassador to have come to visit us. We were really happy to meet them and we hope to keep the link between them and us.

James and Lawson, a CADFA friend and a previous cadfa volunteer in Palestine, made a video-recording of the visit. We will post it as soon as it is ready! So that it will become clearer for you than only this short dscription....


Friday 4 April 2014

EVS training, work, and trips

In the last two weeks, I've had the chance to work and travel to different locations in England. Our EVS training took place in Nottingham, a very friendly town by the river which we had the time to explore with the other volunteers. Our group at the training was quite small, but we met people from France, Spain, and Italy and had the chance to talk about the differences between our countries and England.

Yesterday, I also went to Brighton, to help with translating for 3 Palestinians who are traveling in the UK and giving talks about their lives and situation in our country. They were telling about the Deir Yassin massacre, in which one of the 3 speakers lost 11 people of her family. It's great to have such a varied timetable, working every day on different projects and meeting amazing people along the way. 

Arabic lessons at CADFA

Arabic lessons at CADFA

Two weeks ago, we started the new Arabic lessons at the office! Although we just had a couple of people for the first session, it was fun, and also interesting for us volunteers to teach for the first time!

We will now conduct Arabic classes every Monday and Friday between 6.30 and 8.30, with the help of books of Palestinian dialect, which CADFA is also selling in the office. It will be a good way for beginners - and non - to learn new words and practise speaking with native Palestinians! So please join us if you haven't done so already and I hope to meet many old and new friends at our future classes.