Students of the School of the Sisters of the Rosary visit the Bedouin community

Posted on Feb 23, 2019

A solidarity initiative was launched by the School of the Sisters of the Rosary in Beit Hanina – near Jerusalem – towards Khan Al Ahmar, near Jericho. There, in the middle of the desert, you can find the Jahalin tribe and the “Tyre School”. The pupils went to meet this community of Bedouins – or desert dwellers – an ethnic semi-nomadic group living mainly from animal husbandry and hay production. To welcome visitors, a warm welcome was organised! “Welcome!” sang the little ones in Arabic. The children of the School of the Sisters of the Rosary brought with them typical foods such as falafel, caique, hummus…they arranged a big breakfast…and much more than that, they brought presence and joy to the children of the Tyre School!

AFNAN THIAB Educational Advisor School of the Sisters of the Rosary:  “This is not the first initiative of our school, we have several social activities aimed at social interaction and integration of local community students, and this is also a message of solidarity with the Bedouin community and the Khan Al Ahmar School.”

About 160 children attend the Tyre School, whose name comes from the material it was built with. A community that lives in a complicated situation…

AFNAN THIAB Educational Advisor School of the Sisters of the Rosary: ” We visited the place and we closely checked its needs. The most important thing we did for Khan Al Ahmar School was to provide solar power, because unfortunately the school has no electricity.”

HALIMA ZAHAYKA Headmistress Al Ahmar School:  “The school has been around for 10 years and every year we open new classes (…). We are happy with this initiative, with these children who come to visit our students, thus knowing their real suffering in a place where there is neither water nor electricity…”

TAMER NASRALLAH Extracurricular activities School of the Sisters of the Rosary:  “We came here on humanitarian grounds to see how the children live in Khan Al Ahmar.”

And in contrast to this sad reality, smiles and hope are painted on every little face!
 And it is wonderful to see that here there is no room for differences…Muslims and Christians are together! These children have just met and are already playing together.

SEFIN SALIHIA Student – School of the Sisters of the Rosary:  “It was a pleasant experience… I’ve seen that the pupils live in a very simple way.”

ELENA MASHREQI Student – School of the Sisters of the Rosary:  “This is one of the most beautiful experiences we have had because we shared with the children the simplicity of childhood, eating and playing with them.”

NATAL QLEIBO Student – School of the Sisters of the Rosary:  “It was a beautiful experience… we sat with them in class… It was nice to share with them this simple atmosphere to make them feel that we are united”.