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Nancy Swartz

Academic Dean Named

Ramallah Friends School Board of Trustees and Friends United Meeting have appointed Ms. Nancy Sanderson Swartz to serve as the Academic Dean. As an experienced International Baccalaureate (IB) educator, Nancy brings a wealth of diverse experiences in educational leadership. She has developed IB education for the past decade and has been an educator for 28 years. Nancy has served as…

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Friend in Residence in Ramallah

Living Letters: Gifts of Presence and Service in Ramallah

“Friend-in-Residence” volunteers at Ramallah Friends School serve for three to nine months in Ramallah/al-Bireh, Palestine. Volunteer assignments emerge from the gifts and leadings of the individual, and can include time in the classroom, library and offices; leading sports or other extracurricular activities; and even supporting the ministry of Ramallah Friends Meeting. Sometimes these are young adults who are taking a…

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a visit from the dentist

FUM News in Brief – January/February 2015

Out of the Forest to Peace By Getry Agizah, Coordinator, Friends Church Peace Teams Mt. Elgon has experienced many conflicts since Kenyan independence. These conflicts are based on tribe, land and politics. The worst violence that took place was between the years 2006-2008 and began because of a land dispute at a settlement called Chepyuk. This happened because the scheme…

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FUM News In Brief – July/August 2014

Update on Kaimosi Hospital Friends United Meeting entered into a temporary arrangement with East Africa Yearly Meeting eight years ago to restore Friends Hospital Kaimosi from the brink of collapse. The hospital’s situation was dire, and Friends around the world answered the call with an outpouring of prayer, volunteer time and financial resources. Under FUM’s leadership, the hospital became financially…

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Equipping to Serve: Through Training

Equipping a Nation to Serve All Children By Eden Grace Approximately five percent of all children in the world, according to the World Health Organization, have a moderate-to-severe disability. In some countries, these children can expect to receive excellent care and education allowing them to reach their highest potential. In Palestine, however, there are no government-funded educational services for children…

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Joyce Ajlouny

Ramallah Friends School: FUM General Board Report

A Happy New Year to all of you! May the New Year bring you and your loved ones joy and good health. Here are some brief updates. Ramallah Trip I spent nearly two weeks in Ramallah in October. It was wonderful to spend time with the RFS staff, students and parents and to also see family and friends. It was…

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Ramallah Friends School

FUM’s Ministry in Ramallah Leads to Greater Opportunities

By Nadia Nubana – 2007 Ramallah Friends School graduate Nadia Nubana, currently enrolled in a six-week internship at Reid Hospital, is temporarily living in hospital provided housing on Quaker Hill. That she can see the headquarters of Friends United Meeting from her apartment has significant emotional impact for the young medical student from Palestine, and thereby, as they say, hangs…

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Joyce Ajlouny Update – March/April

Celebrations and performances were the main focus for the entire Lower School in the month of December. All the hard work that went into preparation for the performances was evident in the wonderful choral program. Tala, the FGS librarian, recorded all performances and placed them on You Tube. Parents were delighted to be able to watch and share these videos….

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Joyce Ajlouny

Field Staff Reports: Joyce Ajlouny – February, 2013

As the second semester began at Ramallah Friends School (RFS), the staff committee initiated a one-hour strike each morning to emphasize their desire for better benefits and pay. Negotiations are continuing and it is my hope the staff will agree to a five-year offer from the Board of Trustees. Meanwhile as discussions continue, the staff agreed to freeze the strike…

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Ramallah Friends School

FUM Ministry Of the Month – February, 2013

Ramallah Friends School Upper School Campus — “You can take away our land and our freedom, but you cannot take away our education” is a motto threading itself throughout the history of the Friends Boys School (Upper School) which began in rented spaces in Ramallah, Palestine, in 1901. Over a century later the educational ministry despite many wars and atrocities…

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