Re: US MENA funding unavailable for Palestine activities/Knight News Challenge
Thank you for your encouragement which I share also and alert Wael Al
Saad. For the Knight News Challenge I'm thinking I should focus on
Lithuania because I live here. http://www.helproom.org/proposal/
Janet, When you can, please think for us, what is your long-term dream
for your life? That's very helpful to know for our "economy of dreams"
Janet Feldman wrote:
> Dear Andrius, Wael, Solana, and All,
> My apologies for continuing to be offline more than anticipated, and I will be remembering to network Wael and Cameron soon. Wael, thanks too for your eloquent and important letters! And Solana, thanks so much for your feedback to Andrius abt Knight...very helpful (you're a desk unto yourself :))!
> I'm so sorry about this funding, but I hope you will apply for Knight funds, with the specific geographic location of Palestine-Israel. In fact, you might want to consider Palestine on its own, though I know there are intricate linkages between the two that do need to be addressed by some programs and projects.
> If you were to focus on what news would be important for Palestinians to have locally (ie in a citizen-media initiative to focus on news Palestinians might need), and then also what an international group could do to provide contacts, networking, "answers" (to development questions et al) in a "help-desk" kind of way, that might provide some invaluable assistance. Wael's development ideas--being "local" in nature though applicable globally--could be one focus for such help and activities.
> I think there are other grants or funding that might perhaps be obtained: the US Institute of Peace has grants, one a priority competition (I include this because of a focus on Afghanistan as one priority country, Andrius) and the other a general competition, which helps to fund projects like this one below. See urls under that for more info. The deadline is in 2010, however, since all of their 2009 grants have been given.
> Title: Educating for Peace in Palestinian Schools
> Subject: Regional Conflict-Middle East
> Applicant: Holy Land Trust
> City: Bethlehem, State: Palestine
> Project Director: Sami Awad
> Grant Number: USIP-011-07F Amount: $ 39,235 FY: 2008
> Start Date: 06/01/2008 End Date: 06/30/2009
> Description: This project will be launched as a model project in five marginalized schools for a 12 month period. Holy Land Trust will compile a training manual that will be used to train 100 teachers (20 teachers per school) during the summer vacation. Throughout the following school year, the training team members will support the teachers by co-teaching and providing supervision. Project staff will present the results of the pilot program to the Minister of Education for replication in other marginalized schools in the West Bank.
> You could also try ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid). I do not see "grants" listed specifically, but introductions and networking could surely be done, and perhaps some form of partnership might result. See http://www.anera.org
> Hopefully via searches and mailings, as well as word-of-mouth, we will come up with other opportunities. This is such a crucial area of the world, with important peace and humanitarian issues to address, that surely there is some funding available!
> With all best wishes and blessings, Janet
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>> Subject: [holistichelping] US MENA funding unavailable for Palestine activities
>> I was writing a proposal for the US funding opportunity "New Empowerment
>> Communication Technologies: Opportunities in the Middle East and North
>> Africa". I was hoping to organize a global help room based in
>> Israeli-occupied Palestine, specifically, the West Bank. I had a
>> successful stay there in 2006. We have good connections with remarkable
>> people like Jafra-Wael Al Saad, Awne Abuzont, Alaa Youssef. I believe
>> there's a real need and opportunity for Palestinians to look beyond
>> their own country and excel at giving help to others and not simply feel
>> helpless. I imagine that Palestinian aspirations are a key to the
>> Middle East and to any "economy of dreams".
>> I learned today that the West Bank and Gaza are not eligible for funding
>> "While applicants are welcome to propose projects or activities in the
>> West Bank and Gaza, funding is currently unavailable to support such
>> projects or activities."
>> This was clarified on October 20, just three days before the deadline!
>> At least it's made public.
>> I confess that I thought this was an important opportunity with generous
>> funding that might have helped me personally. I am sympathetic to the
>> need and opportunity in Palestine, but this opportunity depressed me in
>> a deep way. I would like to organize a "culture of independent
>> thinkers" and an "economy of dreams" that addresses individuals' dreams
>> in simple ways. I'm not attracted to heroic efforts in desperate
>> circumstances. I'd like to work from Lithuania if I can.
>> Palestinians and Israelis suffer hardships. I think that it's
>> unfortunate that those who invest themselves to get interested and make
>> an effort to help, as I have in both Palestine and Israel, are left out
> >from even the most supportive opportunity.
>> I think it's important to be supportive of "independent thinkers" that
>> we know in Palestine and Israel. I know an entrepreneur in Palestine
>> for whom I might write a smaller proposal. I encourage us to organize
>> around Jafra Wael Al Saad, he's at Social Agriculture
>> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/socialagriculture/ and elsewhere. He's in
>> Jenin, Palestine, organizing local groups for a sustainable economy.
>> globalpalestine AT googlemail.com
>> Thank you to Janet Feldman for alerting us to this opportunity, which
>> otherwise is very exciting. I appreciate help to find other such
>> opportunities around the world, especially to organize an online help
>> room as I'm proposing http://www.helproom.org/proposal/
>> Andrius Kulikauskas
>> Minciu Sodas
>> +370 699 30003
>> skype: minciusodas
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