Trivia With A Cause

pster2aYou’ve saved the date and now its time to get serious – time for commitment!

Another fabulous Trivia With A Cause  to raise funds for the Dkaika community education access project.

 Friday January 30, 2015
Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Address: Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road Marrickville


dkaika village

Dkaika village

Dkaika has been fighting for its existence with the Israeli government for a decade. It has been demolished, rebuilt and faced yet again with demolition orders. In 2011, they even demolished part of the school.

Since then, UNICEF and Islamic Relief Worldwide have rebuilt and renovated the school, providing a better environment for the students. However it is a primary school only; after Year 6 students must travel at least 7 km for high school.


Driver in Dkaika taking the young boys to school - the girls get to sit inside!

Driver in Dkaika taking the young boys to school – the girls get to sit inside!For years, the students have walked this distance, over rough mountain tracks, in the heat of summer and through winter snow. Now we are supporting a driver and vehicle, to take those kids to high school.

The aim of this Trivia with a Cause is to raise sufficient funds to ensure the fuel and the driver’s wages are paid until the end of the school year, and if possible, into next year.


Young woman from Dkaika on her way to university,

Now that the school transport scheme is operating, three young women from Dkaika village are  able to take up their university places.  After dropping off the high school kids, the driver continues to the nearest university so these young women can continue their studies.

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Trivia with a Cause

Driver in Dkaika taking the young boys to school

Driver in Dkaika taking the young boys to school

Hold the date! Join us for our upcoming trivia night to raise funds for the Dkaika community education access project.

Date: Friday January 30, 2015

Time: 6pm for a 6.30pm start

Address: Gumbramorra Hall, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road Marrickville

The Dkaika community has one school that offers education only until the 6th grade. It is considered to be a landmark as it has allowed the community to survive through the provision of the very basic service of education. The problem lies in what comes after the 6th grade.  The long distance between the primary and high schools over the rugged desert road has meant a daily trip on foot through the mountains. Such a trip has made the participation of (specifically female) students in the educational process less likely. In 2014 funds raised by Leichhardt Friends of Hebron supported six female school students and two female university students with their ongoing education through this project.

Come to the trivia night and help us raise funds for the safe transportation of the children and young students in Dkaika.

Early bird ticket prices are $25 waged/$15 unwaged

Tickets after January 23 and on the door are $30 waged and $20 unwaged

Want to get in early? Click here and book tickets online now



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School children in Hebron don’t battle traffic jams, they battle tear gas

Stun grenades at children

Since the beginning of the school year in August over one hundred tear gas grenades have been used against the children. Tear gas works by irritating mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs, and causes crying, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, pain in the eyes, and temporary blindness.

2nd October 2014 | International Solidarity Movement | Hebron, Occupied Palestine

“The child are having problems concentrating on their school work due to their emotional state and the stress due to the daily attacks by the occupation forces, which are continuously escalating.” Stated Hebron teacher, Shukri Zaroo, to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

Children in al-Khalil (Hebron) are forced to pass through a military checkpoint each morning and afternoon in order to reach and leave their schools. International activists try to monitor these military checkpoints, both to document the events and to stand with the children.

ISM activists monitor the Salaymeh checkpoint (29) each school day morning and afternoon. Since school began on August 24th, this is what the ISM activists have witnessed:

August 25thIsraeli forces fired 15 tear gas grenades and canisters, as well as five stun grenades at children as they waited to go to school. Tear gas drifted into the courtyard and many children and teachers choked and spluttered in the playground. School was delayed for over an hour. At one point a Red Crescent ambulance had to be called as two teachers and two children, aged 10 and 12-years-old, required medical treatment for excessive tear gas inhalation.

For the full story of what has been going on in Hebron at the start of the school year, click here.

This video shows the children in the midst of being fired upon with tear gas by soldiers.


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From Rabbis for Human Rights and Operation Dove  – this article about the ongoing and systematic destruction of houses and structures in Area C of the West Bank – 38 persons lost their homes, including 21 children. The continuous displacement and loss of land and livelihood occurs on a daily basis in the West Bank, and as the Gaza massacre starts to fade from the media cycle, the opportunity to seize a thousand acres of land near Bethlehem is taken for expansion of settlements.

The following update on demolitions in Khirbet ar-Rahma comes Operation Dove, an Italian NGO that focuses on the South Hebron Hills. Khirbet ar-Rahma is a small and poor Palestinian village in Area C of the occupied territories. Since its location in Area C means it is under full Israeli control, the villagers are subjected to the Israeli military planning system that blocks almost every Palestinian attempt at building and developing within their village. Whatever is built,  is demolished every now and again, as demonstrated by this most recent demolition.  In the background of thephotos, please note the  new Jewish settlement, some of  which is illegal by the Israeli law,  but nevertheless is permitted to stay intact. This is an example of institutionalized discrimination, and demonstrates why RHR submitted an appeal to the High Court of Justice to return planning authority to the Palestinians in Area C. 

September 1 2014 demolition at Khirbet ar-Rahwa with Israeli settlement in background. PHOTO: Operation Dove

From Operation Dove:

38 persons lost their home, 21 of them children

Khirbet ar Rahwa – On 1st of September 2014, during the afternoon, the Israeli army and the D.C.O. (District Coordination Office) entered into the palestinian village of Khirbet ar-Rahwa, in the South Hebron Hills, and demolished 3 houses (tents), 3 animal shelters and 3 toilettes. No demolition order was delivered for these structures.

September 1 2014 demolition at Khirbet ar-Rahwa in the South Hebron Hills. PHOTO: Operation Dove

All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha that is located in area C, has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services.
The houses belonged to the Altal family and to the Jabaarin family. Because of the demolitions, 38 persons, 21 of them children, lost their houses. All the families are waiting for humanitarian aid.

The village of ar-Rahwa is surrounded by the settlement of Tene and the outpost of Havat Moor. This outpost received demolition order in 2000, but the D.C.O decided to not demolish any house until now. Also the outpost is connected with the electricity net and water pipelines, services that are denied for the Palestinians of ar-Rawha, who are the legal owners of the land where the settlement of Tene is located.

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Refugee Week fundraiser continues to support education projects in Hebron

The world has witnessed over the last seven weeks the unbearable horrors of the bombardment and whole scale destruction of the Gaza Strip. UNOCHA confirms the deaths of 2,104 Palestinians, including 1,462 civilians, of whom 495 are children and 253 are women. These people are not a list of numbers, or statistics or faceless individuals. Please see this link that lists the names, ages of the children that have been senselessly and so ruthlessly killed in the bombardment of Gaza, and may we keep remembering forever the sound of their joy and mischief, captured so beautifully in this poem:

“Oh rascal children of Gaza. You who constantly disturbed me with your screams under my window. You who filled every morning with rush and chaos. You who broke my vase and stole the lonely flower on my balcony. Come back, and scream as you want and break all the vases. Steal all the flowers. Come back..Just come back..”

— Khaled Juma, a Palestinian poet from Gaza

The sheer scale of the devastation is overwhelming, and over 350,000 children in Gaza require specialised psycho-social support to deal with the high levels of trauma they are experiencing. An estimated 230 schools have been damaged and around 500,000 children will be unable to start the school year.

In all this devastation, we are constantly reminded of the strength and sumud (steadfastness) of the Palestinian people. Through this time, our partner Hamed from the Hebron International Resource Network has been working tirelessly to bring countless projects come to fruition, including the ongoing support for the Tel Rumeida kindergarten and the Dkaika education project.

As a result of the Festival Fundraiser, Leichhardt Friends of Hebron have been able to provide some assistance to Hamed’s projects. Hamed writes:

“ We, the people of Hebron, do sincerely thank you for all of your efforts supporting the educational activities in Hebron City and Governorate in general. We are looking forward for continued cooperation in the short and long terms. The raised funds for this year will be used to pay the salaries of two teachers at the Shuhada Street Kindergarten, a janitor, as well as the salary of a driver from the marginalized community of Dkaika who is tasked with providing  transportation to at least 8 students (mostly girls) to their school located 8 kilometers away. Your contribution is ESSENTIAL in making these small little dreams come true  “

playground equipment in Tel RumeidaWith help from local group Youth Against Settlements playground equipment was brought into the Tel Rumeida kindergarten in the middle of the night and assembled – a necessary strategy to ensure that the volunteers were not harassed and stopped by settlers. The photos below show the dedication of the people in Hebron to bring education to some of the most vulnerable children in the area, as well as some much needed equipment to play with.playground equipment in Tel Rumeida 2


Leichhardt Friends of Hebron thank all our supporters who assist us in these vital projects. These projects are two of many that HIRN is involved with, and through your generosity we can continue to ensure we are supporting young children and their right to education.

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Festival next Saturday – Supporting Education in Dkaika

Refugee Week Festival Sat 21 June 2014

Refugee Week Festival Sat 21 June 2014

Only one week to go!
The Refugee Week Festival starts
12 noon in Leichhardt Town Hall, next Saturday, 21st June.
More about the Festival…

The 2014 Refugee Week Festival will support a school transport programme to help teenage girls in the remote community of Dkaika  finish high school. Currently the students have to walk for almost an hour, must walk 7km along a rough 4WD mountain track  to  the nearest high school

The situation in Dkaika
The students have to walk for almost an hour to reach the nearest junior high school and even further to a school where they complete year 12.This has lead to high dropout rates, especially for girls.

Chidren study in front of their classroom - demolished by the Israeli occupation forces.

Chidren study in front of their classroom – demolished by the Israeli occupation forces.

The solution identified by the community is a school transport plan and with your support, we can help them achieve this.

You can help support the students of Dkaika by coming to our Refugee Week Festival, which will be held on Saturday, 21st June, in Leichhardt Town Hall. The money raised will pay the wages of a driver and we hope, the running costs of the vehicle, to take students to high school and university.

To read a full report about the village and our proposed project to support education access to the community click here.
For Festival details, email
Donations are welcome and can be made here.

Leichhardt Friends of Hebron have been successful in supporting the establishment of three kindergarten facilities in Hebron and the South Hebron Hills. Through our partnership with the Hebron International Resource Network (HIRN) we are working with some of the most impoverished, vulnerable and threatened communities in the area.

Dkaika is one of these, an isolated and vulnerable community in the far south of Palestine, only metres from the boundary with Israel. Sadly, the community faces a targeted campaign of isolation and destruction from the Israeli Army.

The Israeli authorities are threatening to demolish 35 homes and buildings, including at least one classroom. At least 4 homes and one classroom have already been demolished.

They also prevent the community from accessing the most basic services, including electricity and running water although these are provided to Israeli residents of nearby illegal settlements. Despite the hardship this causes, people feel able to remain on their traditional lands as long as their children have access to education, which is highly valued in Palestine people.

Since 2009, Leichhardt Friends of Hebron have been successful in supporting the establishment of three kindergarten facilities in Hebron and the South Hebron Hills. Through our partnership with the Hebron International Resource Network (HIRN) we are working with some of the most impoverished, vulnerable and threatened communities in the area.


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2014 Refugee Week Festival of Friendship

Saturday 21st June – Save the date! This will be another great event, drawing attention to the world’s longest standing refugee situation and one of the most unjust.  After 66 years Palestinian refugees are still unable to return to their homes.

mugsOur Festival will be a big day out – a film a forum, stalls with Palestinian products (including more great ceramics from Hebron) and an exhibition. Watch this space for more details as we firm up our plans and watch this space!

All money raised will go help bring access to education for children from impoverished and vunerable communities in the Hebron Governorate. This year we are very enthusiastic about a new project to improve educational opportunities for teenage girls s0 watch this space. This is a change from our kindergarten projects and we hope you will find it as exciting as we do.

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