Monday, March 26, 2012

Peacebuilders

On Friday (3/23), students, joined by their Ramallah Friends hosts, visited the Jordan River Valley with Mira Edelstein, who works in the Tel-Aviv offices of EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME). During the tour, Mira explained the demise of the river and how a looming ecological disaster may foster Mideast cooperation.

FoEME is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Their primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect their shared environmental heritage as they seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in the region.

Following the tour of the River, students volunteered at the FoEME's Auja Environmental Education Center.  There, students created traditional Palestinian bricks out of mud and straw, which will be used for construction in the Auja community. To learn more about this project and FoEME, click here.