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The Ramallah Friends School newsletter has a new look!

In March, Joyce Ajlouny, RFS director, was in the FUM office in Richmond, Indiana, where the newsletter is edited by Katie Terrell Wonsik and designed by Shari Veach. These three women put their heads together to bring you a fresh look, while continuing to bring you important updates, photos and features from the Friends School. Sign up for the newsletter.

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Strategic and Action Planning at the Ramallah Friends School

By Joyce Ajlouny, Ramallah Friends School director Only a 35-minute car ride away, we traveled from a very chilly Ramallah to the desert warmth of Jericho, where we held our strategic planning retreat. Samir Hulieleh — RFS board member, alumnus and parent — offered his winter home and pampered us with wonderful food as we deliberated the future of our…

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My Visit to Friends Schools in the U.S.

By Mahmoud Amra, RFS Upper School principal For over 20 years, working at the Ramallah Friends School, I have had the opportunity to meet many visiting educators and students from Friends schools in the U.S. I have learned from them about their schools and how they incorporate Quaker values and traditions. I have benefited greatly from the long conversations and…

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A Revival of the Peace Testimony

By Eden Grace, Africa Ministries Office field staff In late December 2007, most Kenyans were surprised and shocked when the disputed presidential election sparked widespread chaos and violence. Kenyans see themselves as peaceful people and think of their country as a haven of stability in a rough neighborhood. Over the previous decade, Kenyans had looked at Rwanda, Sudan and Somalia…

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Kaimosi Ultrasound Saves Baby’s Life

By Eden Grace, Africa Ministries Office field staff In early March, a woman who was in labor with twins went to a low-level government health center. She had not had any prenatal care at all during the pregnancy. At the time the government nurses were on strike, but one kind-hearted nurse left the picket line to attend to this mother….

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Revitalizing Teaching and Learning at Friends Theological College

By Lon Fendall, Friends Theological College academic consultant “Unfortunately, teaching is too often like putting money in the bank,” said our workshop leader, Dr. Chip Kingsbury. The workshop participants actually thought putting money in the bank was quite a good thing to do. But Kingsbury went on to explain why the banking model did not fit well with the goal…

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FUM’s 2012 Summer Mission Project: “Cash for Classrooms”

Head teacher, Jacob Benedict Lekaaso, wants to challenge Friends with this message: “You Quakers are known for your excellent schools. Why have you neglected Loltulelei?” With 1,900 students, Loltulelei Friends School is the largest school in the desert region of Samburu, Kenya. This four-room school was built of mud and wattle in the mid-1980s. Such a building is not meant…

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Building Relationships through FUM Work Teams to Cuba

By Sylvia Graves Nearly every year for the past decade or more, Friends United Meeting has sent a work/visitation team to Cuba with several goals in mind: learn about our Cuban Friends, build relationships, encourage Friends ministries and do a work project. Our team came back thinking we had received much more encouragement from our Cuban Friends than we gave…

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Our Belize Experience: Saying “Yes” to God

By Fred and Mildred Hoskins Over the past couple of years, we have had a few thoughts that volunteering in some capacity with a Friends’ project outside the U.S. might be a fulfilling experience. However, our age (75) and other obligations kept tempering our ambitions. We originally thought, with Fred’s interest in Quaker theology, biblical history and archeology, and with…

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All Things Become New in Belize

By Sam Barber, Belize Friends School co-principal Belize is currently in the middle of its municipal and national elections. Neither of the major parties is satisfied with what has been done in the past, and there is great anticipation and hope for the next government. To garner people’s votes, roads are being repaired, utility rates are reduced and many promises…

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