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Bomporto (Mo) lun 20 01 2003
Caro Stefano
la cosa mi potrebbe anche interessare ma ... non so un ACCA di inglese ...
una traduzioncina ? un riassuntino ?
luciano


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From: Stefano Cossu <industrie@???>
To: <dalnulla@???>
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2003 7:13 PM
Subject: [Dalnulla]pal


> Cari amici Dalnulla,
> purtroppo domenica a Roma non son riuscito a venire per la parte
> organizzativa, quella che mi interessva di più, come speravo. Intanto

vorrei
> contribuire lanciando un "sasso" a chi fosse interessato, che mi è stato
> mandato da un mio fidato amico di Nablus.
> Nelle righe qua sotto il progetto. La mia proposta è : che ne dite di un
> workshop interculturale di teatro, in cui coinvolgere soprattutto i

bambini?
> Mi sembra giusto che in un programma di ricostruzione non invadano
> ricostruite solo le case bombardate ma anche le menti strapazzate delle
> persone che ci abitavano.
> A presto
>
> stefano
> Lii
> www.leindustrieinvisibili.net
>
>
> --
> Dear Sir/Madam.
>
> Greetings from Palestine
> I am Alaa Yousef from Zajel Youth Exchange Program/Public Relations
> Department/
> An-Najah National University.Nablus, Palestine .
>
> We would like to invite you to read the below invitation of the
> International
> Voluntary Workcamps which we are organizing in July and August 2003.
>
> We hope you or your institution`s members or friends would be interested

to
> join
> us in the
> Reconstruction Project of the Youth Clubs in Nablus City/Palestine.
>
> We would also like to ask you to pass this invitation to the interested
> volunteers.
> Dont hesitate to contact us for any question.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Sincerely,
> Alaa Yousef
> Zajel Youth Exchange Program
> Public Relations Department
> An-Najah National University
> Nablus, Palestine
> www.najah.edu
> youthexchange@???
> Phone: ++ 970 9 2381113/7
> Fax: ++ 970 9 2387982
>
>
>
>
> SHABAB
> Reconstruction Project
>
>
> A youth initiative for Palestine
>
>
>
> ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program
> Public Relations Department
> An Najah National University/ Nablus.Palestine.
>
> Service Civil International/SCI.
> German Branch
>
>
>
>
> The Project statement
>
>
> The joint initiative of ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program, An-Najah National
> University, Nablus and SCI-Germany is a pilot project, which takes place

in
> form
> of two international Workcamps in the summer 2003.
>
> Manual work of international and local volunteers supports the
> reconstruction of
> the youth institutions in Nablus. Common cultural activities with the

youth
> of
> the clubs and centers attempt to create a platform for dialogue between

the
> different cultures.
>
> The idea of this project results from a screening, which took place in
> Nablus in
> September 2002. Representatives of SCI-Germany and ZAJEL Youth Exchange
> Program
> consulted several youth institutions and identified reconstruction of the
> facilities and activities for emotional release and educational

empowerment
> as
> the urgent need of the youth in Nablus.
>
>
> Rational/ Background
>
> Youth in Palestine
>
>
> Youth (below the age of 24 years) represent approximately 66% of the
> population
> in Palestine. However, they are a marginalized group.
>
> Deprived of the right to evolve democratically and culturally, and

isolated
> through repeated closures of Palestinian areas, young people are left with
> little exposure to outside ideas, customs and cultures. Only few resources
> like
> clubs and associations are available to them to engage in stimulating and
> enriching extra-curricular activities. The youth in Palestine lacks
> constructive
> and productive outlets through which they can use their time to their own
> and
> others' benefit.
>
> This increases the chances of becoming involved in dangerous activities or
> increasing their frustration, making them more susceptible to join

extremist
> groups.
>
> Occupation and the 2nd Intifada
>
> The Israeli Occupation has had a negative and serious effect on

Palestinian
> youth culture.
>
> First and foremost, the occupation implies insecurity and threats the

lives
> of
> youth. Soldiers have killed and injured mostly young Palestinian males.
> Since
> September 2000, approximately 22% of those killed have been children, aged
> 18
> years or under. Furthermore, of those injured in the West Bank, 36% are
> children, and in the Gaza Strip 20% of the injured are under the age of 18

.
>
> Furthermore the Occupation has stifled independence and freedom of young
> people,
> which limits their creativity and ability to create better futures. It
> hampers
> their ability to develop a positive self-identity, and tries to dismantle
> Palestinian culture.
>
> Youth institutions
>
>
> During the current emergency, in which villages and towns are isolated

from
> each
> other for long periods it is of vital importance that youth have a forum

for
> communication. Youth institutions help young people feel less isolated and
> more
> unified. Creating connections among Palestinian youth also encourages them
> to
> learn more about the country, to learn about its people, places and
> organizations, thereby promoting volunteerism and responsibility for their
> country and fellow citizens. It also broadens their horizons by exposing
> them to
> different career opportunities.
>
> The centers and clubs provide youth with opportunities to acquire skills
> such as
> basic life-skills, computer and Internet skills, and education. They also
> learn
> about concepts such as leadership and democracy. The activities of the
> institutions also promote emotional release. Here, youth is offered a

third
> way
> to learn and to release, in order to express their feelings, needs and
> ideas.
>
> Youth institutions like clubs and centers give young people a place to
> socialize, to receive training, and to experience integration. In addition
> they
> promote equality and democratic values. Youth also connect with university
> students who volunteer at the center, who provide them with positive role
> models
> of educated young adults who are working toward the advancement of
> themselves
> and their country. Such facilities offer them the chance to connect with
> their
> peers, learn about themselves, have more control over themselves and their
> communities, and discover new options in all areas.
>
>
> Youth Institutions in Nablus/ West Bank
>
>
> In the Old City of Nablus there were 13 youth institutions: either youth
> clubs,
> forum centers or organizations. Now only 5 of them are operating. This is
> not
> enough for the youth under curfew. Despair and hopelessness are growing.

The
> youth needs physical and emotional support in order to reconstruct their
> lives.
>
> The IBAL Sports Club is one of the oldest youth centers in the Old City of
> Nablus. Since 1959 the club has offered various activities, especially
> during
> school vacations. Young men and women participated in sports like

football,
> basketball, table tennis, volleyball, handball and body-building. The
> members of
> the club also provided training on computer skills and lessons in foreign
> languages. Furthermore, the club involved young men and women in social

and
> cultural activities such as small festivals with actors.
>
> Approximately 1000 young men are members of the sports club. They are

youth
> leaders or youth trainers over the age of 18 or participants from the age

of
> 6.
> The club is composed of approximately 60 per cent pupils and students
> (including
> graduated students) and 20 to 30 per cent workers. Around 60 to 70 per

cent
> of
> the young workers are unemployed.
>
> During the invasion in April 2002 the facilities of the club were

completely
> demolished. The renovation attempt failed because of a lack of financial
> support. Since then the sports club has not been able to run any of its
> activities in their rooms. Nonetheless, some members have continued for
> example
> the table tennis team, which plays daily in a private place or the

disabled
> who
> train in a school.
>
>
>
>
> We have chosen workcamps as the tool to implement the identified

objectives.
> A
> workcamp is considered to be a place where people of all races,

ideologies,
> and
> nationalities live and work together on a project organized by a local
> sponsor
> for two or three weeks. Workcamps generally have 10 to 20 participants,

who
> volunteer, socialize and work with the local people.
>
> The message of workcamps is to promote equality in living (all work camp
> members
> live by local standards) and internal decision making, problem solving,
> developing a sense of group identity and seeking to increase tolerance.
>
>
> The vision
>
>
> The vision of SHABAB reconstruction project is to contribute to the
> sustainable
> development of the Palestinian youth by addressing their needs.
>
> Therefore, we, ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program and SCI-Germany, work united:
>
> -to assist in the reconstruction of youth institutions through joint
> voluntary
> work of Palestinian and international youth;
>
> -to initiate intercultural learning between the different cultures in

order
> to
> promote understanding and respect between the youth of the Oriental and
> Occidental culture;
>
> -to dismantle and minimize prejudices and misperceptions about the

different
> cultures through workshops on history, society, religion and cultural
> activities;
>
> -to influence the local community in its most diverse spheres, such as
> environmental protection, education, health, and promotion of peace;
>
> -to raise awareness about the situation of Palestinian youth and their
> environment;
>
>
>
> Objectives
>
>
> The project aims to contribute to the reconstruction of youth in Nablus by
> organizing international Workcamps in summer 2003.
>
> Therefore the joint initiative of the ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program and
> SCI-Germany wants to achieve:
>
> A) For the Palestinian youth and their organizations:
>
> -to support the reconstruction of youth institutions and their facilities
> for
> education, skills development and emotional release;
>
> -to empower Palestinian youth with open mind, respect and mutual
> understanding
> for the Western society and their habits by experiencing intercultural
> exchange;
>
>
>
> B) For the international volunteers:
>
> -to participate actively in the reconstruction of youth institutions
> assisting
> Palestinian volunteers and the local community;
>
> -to empower the youth from the Western countries with open mind, mutual
> understanding and respect for the Palestinian youth and their Oriental
> society
> by experiencing intercultural exchange;
>
>
> C) For the youth institution:
>
> -to assist in the reconstruction of the youth institutions;
>
> -to provide the youth institutions with more possible activities run by a
> group
> of local and international volunteers;
>
> -to experience intercultural learning in their local community.
>
>
> The project partners
>
>
> Keeping in mind the needs of the youth and the common objectives of ZAJEL
> Youth
> Exchange Program and SCI-Germany, we work in united action for the
> empowerment
> of the youth, both local and international.
>
> This initiative of the ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program and SCI-Germany

includes
> cooperation with the Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees

(UPMRC)
> and
> the local IBAL Sports Club, which provide the necessary facilities.
>
>
>
> Project description
>
>
> The overall aim of the proposed project is to support the development of
> youth
> in Palestine.
> Delineated within this broader goal are two specific objectives: 1) to
> reconstruct the IBAL Sports Club in the Old City of Nablus; and 2) to
> empower
> local and international youth to respect and understand different cultural
> backgrounds.
>
> 1. Target group
>
> Therefore, ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program and SCI-Germany identified the
> following
> target groups for the SHABAB project:
>
> A) For the Workcamps
>
> Young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 from different social
> backgrounds: students, workers and unemployed, from the local community of
> Nablus and from abroad participate in the Workcamps. This includes a
> balanced
> distribution of gender.
>
> B) For the activities of the Workcamps
>
> The activities of the Workcamps target children and young people between

the
> ages of 6 to 26.
>
> 2. Description of the Working place
>
> The IBAL Sports Club is located in the Old City of Nablus. During the
> invasion
> in April 2002 the Israeli military entered several times the club. They

were
> trying to make a path to the neighbor building. Thus, most of the walls

and
> the
> floor were demolished. Windows were destroyed, electricity and water were
> cut
> off, stairs and doors were damaged. Fortunately, most of the equipment was
> removed before the invasion. Only the abandoned equipment was destroyed .
>
>
> 3. Project activities
>
> To continue with the renovation endeavors, ZAJEL Youth Exchange Program

and
> SCI-Germany organize two international Workcamps for the following dates:
>
> Workcamp 1: 10th -31st July 2003
> Workcamp 2: 10th -31st August 2003
>
> The number of participants desired is about 30: 15 international and 15
> local
> volunteers. We intend to have gender balanced workcamps. Two specially
> trained
> volunteers; a female international and one male local volunteer function

as
> Campleaders.
>
> The Workcamps consist of a working part and a study part, as well as

leisure
> time.
>
>
> A) Working part
>
>
> For the working part the project partners have decided to reconstruct the
> rooms
> of IBAL Sports Club in the Old City of Nablus.
>
> In the first step of the renovations for the volunteers is to clean the
> rooms.
> Professional workers assist the volunteers preparing the floor and the
> walls.
> Afterwards the walls are painted. The work is considered for 4 to 5 hours,

5
> days a week.
>
> The final decision about the working place is made in consideration of the
> current situation in Nablus. Therefore we, the project partners, have
> already
> developed an alternative plan for the working place.
>
>
> B) Studying part
>
>
> The studying part of the Workcamps is held in form of workshops and other
> cultural activities. The workshops are closely related to the interests

and
> needs of the local youth of the youth institutions.
>
> There are lectures about history, religion, gender roles, refugees, and
> youth
> itself which provide an insight into the different cultures. To create
> interaction the workshops include various role plays.
> Furthermore, the group visits local community associations for women and
> youth,
> cultural clubs and forums to have some activities with them.
>
> During the weekends the activities of Workcamps focus on cultural
> activities. On
> the first weekend the program for the group consists of trips to

historical
> places in the surroundings of Nablus. On the second weekend the families

of
> the
> local volunteers host the international volunteers.
>
> The expected outcome of the workshops and the renovation work itself is a
> public
> event in form of a street festival with an art gallery and sports
> activities.
> The volunteers and the locals prepare these cultural activities during the
> Workcamps.
>
> ***********************************************************************
>
>
> Costs:
> Volunteers have to afford their flights tickets, and we are working hard

to
> get
> some donations for their accommodation, which is $150.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Application Form
>
> I want to apply for the Workcamp: (please mark)
>
> Zajel Workcamp 12: 10-31 July 2003
> Zajel Workcamp 13: 10-31 August 2003
>
>  Name      ____________________________________________
>  Address   ____________________________________________
>  Telephone:  ____________________

>
> E-mail ______________________________________________
> Nationality_____________________
> Date of Birth ___________
> Sex ______________________
>
> Emergency Contact
>
> Name____________________________
> Telephone: (day):______________________(night________________
>
> What is your motivation for participating in this work camp?
> ____________________________________________________
> ________________________________________________
> ____________________________________________________
> _________________________________________________
>
>
> Remarks on Health /Special Needs /Diet
> ______________________________________________________
> ______________________________________________________
>
> Have you ever done voluntary work before? (if yes ,please explain)
> __________________________________________________
> __________________________________________________
>
>
>

****************************************************************************
> ********************************
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> SAFETY and Other Issues
>
>
> As a foreigner with a passport, passing though Jordan's Amman, or Ben
> Gurion,
> Tel Aviv Airports, all visitors may be questioned minimally and allowed to
> pass
>
> But because of the current situation in the region, we recommend that you
> fly
> into Jordan's Amman Airport. There you will be met at the airport by a
> representative of An-Najah's Liason office in Jordan where you will be
> accompanied to the Israeli border, for you to continue your destination.
>
> In this way, you avoid having to go to either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.
> Travelling
> cost and time are similar to arriving in Ben Gurion Airport, but the

Jordan
> route is safer since you will pass through the Jordan Valley where there

are
> fewer settlements, with less potential for contact with Israelis.
>
> Health, safety, and security risks are an unavoidable part of life and of
> Volunteer service.
>
> Service does involve certain risks, including road accidents, natural
> disasters,
> crime and civil unrest.
>
> Everything possible is being done to eliminate all risks associated with
> Volunteers' service overseas.
>
> This is surely an exciting time, and we want your expectations to be as
> realistic as possible.
>
> However, there are many variables beyond the agency's control that impact
> Volunteers' welfare
>
> Being a Volunteer requires changes in lifestyle preferences and habits in
> deference to host country cultural expectations. Choices in dress, living
> arrangements, means of travel, entertainment, and companionship may have a
> direct impact on how Volunteers are viewed, and thus treated. Navigating

the
> differences in gender relations may be one of the most sensitive and
> difficult
> lessons to learn. Build respectful relationships with those in the local
> community.
>
> Safety is, for the most part, best assured when they are well integrated
> into
> the local community, valued and protected as extended family members, and
> viewed
> as contributors to development.
>
> Our Policy requires that Volunteers report their proposed plans if they
> travel
> away from any City or their place of residence.
>
> Access to medical, banking, postal, and other essential services,
> communication,
> transportation, and local markets, living arrangements are available.
>
> It is necessary to ensure that Volunteers relations can be contacted in

case
> of
> emergency.
>
> If a situation arises that poses a potential threat to Volunteers, Zajel
> will
> immediately assess the nature of the threat and respond in a manner that
> ensures
> the Volunteers' safety and well being.
>
> Volunteers will have full access in receiving phone calls immediately

from
> relatives, overseas.
>
> Every staff member at Youth Exchange is committed to providing Volunteers
> with
> the support they need to successfully meet the challenges they will face

to
> have
> a safe, healthy, and productive service.
>
> We hope that the information provided here will help you gain a sense of
> these
> challenges, the changes in attitude and lifestyle that may be required to
> adapt
> to a new environment, and the level of support that can be expected from
> Youth
> Exchange, local colleagues, and host communities.
>
> The success of each Youth Exchange Volunteer is our goal. We rely on
> Volunteers
> to exercise personal responsibility, demonstrate a keen awareness of the
> world
> around them, and a willingness to adjust their behavior in a manner that
> will
> enhance their safety and well-being. In the end their efforts will be
> rewarded
> with an incredible, unique experience.
>
> We will be working in the Old City of Nablus, where people used to move
> freely
> in most times, even hard times, so, you will be far away from the hot

zones.
> We
> will also cooperate with our project partners; the UPMRC, United

Palestinian
> Medical Relief Committees, which normally move freely during hard times,
> which
> will help us to run our workcamps in most times.
>
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>
>
>
>
>
>
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