The Boulder community is invited to join Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects (SIPP) on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at the West Boulder Senior Center, for hors d’oeuvres and dessert.
The evening will feature brief presentations by former 2nd District US Congressman David Skaggs and Dr. Amro, founder of the Green Land Society for Health and Development (GLSHD). Congressman Skaggs will speak briefly about his experiences promoting civil dialogue.
Dr. Amro will speak briefly about GLSHD’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) located in Idhna (near Hebron). The EEC was awarded a small grant from Environmentally Sustainable Projects, an Initiative of SIPP. The EEC’s mission is to increase environmental education in the West Bank. Over the course of the first three months of the grant period, the EEC held workshops for approximately 300 students from 12 area schools, and had commitments from many of the schools to continue aspects of the workshops back at their schools.
Dr. Amro will be in Colorado for an intensive week of meetings with US environmental and education professionals. “Dr. Amro will be able learn a lot about how we in Colorado engage with and educate our communities on environmental matters, and then better be able to engage Palestinian communities at home” said Peter Ornstein, President of SIPP.
There will also be informal opportunities to learn about SIPP’s recent activities and prospective projects working with Israelis and Palestinians, especially relating to SIPP’s November 2018 trip to Israel and the West Bank/Palestine. During the trip, SIPP President Peter Ornstein and SIPP Secretary Beth Ornstein met with current, past, and potentially future partners and attended the First International Conference on Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (ICRM) at Tel Aviv University where they learned about numerous civil society groups working toward building relationships between Israeli Jews and Palestinians/Arabs and between Israelis on environmental, educational and other issues.
SIPP is excited about a potential collaboration with one of the civil society groups – Science Training Encouraging Peace Graduate Training Program (STEP). This Boston-based organization funds tuition for graduate-level health science education to pairs of graduate students, each pair comprised of one Israeli and one West Bank Palestinian.
SIPP suggests a donation of $50.00 per person.
Our projects involve diverse communities in Israel and the West Bank, including Jews, Muslims and Christians, Bedouin, Druze and immigrant communities, and may be located in Israel and the West Bank. These projects include work where we have provided expertise and/or funding. Our partners include organizations that we have been or are currently working with, and organizations with which we are discussing future opportunities. Our environmentally focused our projects are part of our Environmentally Sustainable Projects initiative. Other projects focus on education and building civil society.