EAPPI Standing in Solidarity with the Home of Peace
EAPPI stands in solidarity with church related organizations and projects.Home of Peace is an example of how Christian initiative can work together with government, in this case the Polish government, to promote Christian love. According to an article in the PNN Palestine News Network, the Polish government aid comes through small grants. In the grant process, local or Polish nongovernment organizations (NGO’s) working on grass roots levels in the West Bank apply for grants. These grants are selected based areas of focus and best operational plans.
Home of Peace received a grant and built in Bethlehem in order to help Palestinians who, because of the rules of the occupation, remain cut off from the other works of the Sisters of St Elizabeth that are in Jerusalem.
At the Home of Peace I met Sister Rafaela. now in her 80’s. The day we met she just returned from a visit with a destitute family.
Thorough the Home of Peace she can provide for some of the physical needs in the community. The needs exceed the resources.
Her quote below comes from an article from PNN Palestine News Network.
“I came here with one purpose only, to be a missionary,” she said. Since arriving in 1961 with the Sisters of St. Elizabeth, Sister Rafaela says she has seen a steady decrease of not only Palestinian Christians as a demographic, but also in their standard of living as well as the opportunity to be able to make a livelihood both in Palestine and Israel. In the end it is the children who are the real victims of this hopelessness.”
The same article from PNN Palestine News Network quoted Sister Rafael saying the following.
“Sister Rafeala believes the way to grow back the Christian community in the West Bank and throughout the Holy Land means giving children the chance to learn that very faith, grow in it, and learn in it and from it.”
As I was leaving Sister Krispina and some of the children greeted visitors, as two buses of Polish tourists arrived.
We said a quick goodbye in English, she switched her speaking to Polish as she rushed in to help host the visitors.
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