AMIDEAST is working to support MEPI to promote civic participation by supporting Palestinian MEPI alumni in their role as reformers in their home communities. AMIDEAST will plan and implement activities in Palestine that will support MEPI in achieving three objectives:
Objective I: Alumni develop and strengthen their programs and outreach
Objective II: The Alumni Network facilitates partnerships among members
Objective III: Alumni Groups serve as models for active civic, business and political participation
Community Service Day 2012
On Friday, October 12th 2012, the Palestinian MEPI Alumni Network, West Bank/ Gaza chapter organized a community service day in honor of rural women. Alumni from US Department of State Exchange Programs including; MEPI, YES, ACCESS, IVLP, SUSI, and others, volunteered along with their families and friends to help rural families in the olive harvest season at Koforthan village in Jineen. The activity was organized in cooperation with AMIDEAST, Omnya Youth Center in Jineen, Al Watan center in Hebron, and Education for Employment Organization. Over 300 participants came filled with enthusiasm and energy to assist rural families in both West Bank and Gaza Strip. All MEPI Alumni networks in various countries in the region held diverse community service activities supporting the same theme.
Palestinian MEPI Alumni Network Launch
AMIDEAST and the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem hosted a launching event to highlight the recently established Palestinian MEPI (Middle East Partnerships Initiative) Alumni Network.The Palestinian MEPI Alumni Networkwill support MEPI Alumni to strategically promote civic participation in their role as reformers in their home communities.
On December 28, 2010, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) alumni organized a community service day under the theme Peace for Hebron. Alumni of the English Access Micro Scholarship Program (Access), Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES), and the MEPI came together from diverse cities and villages with the desire to volunteer and make a difference in the old city of Hebron.
Palestinian MEPI alumni embarked on a fulfilling mission to help elderly women in refugee camps celebrate Mother’s Day, under the auspices of the recently launched Palestinian MEPI Alumni Network. On March 21, which is International Mother’s Day, more than a dozen alumni of various MEPI programs visited a home for elderly women in Qaddoura refugee camp in Ramallah. This is but one example of many activities organized by MEPI alumni that made the day special for elderly refugee women.
A memorable day that was held at Al-Zahra Orphanage. It was a joint activity between the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem, AMIDEAST, Middle East Partnership Initiative program (“MEPI”) and alumni of other scholarship programs such as the American Palestinian Local University Scholarship program (“A-PLUS”) and the Youth Exchange and Study program (“YES”).
As the world gets smaller through communication technologies, and due to the fact that MEPI Alumni come from different backgrounds and have diverse ideas and opinions, MEPI Alumni steering committee members found that starting with a conflict resolution training in Gaza Strip is essential and can benefit the MEPI Alumni both personally and professionally.
As part of each citizen’s social responsibility, and with the drive of being part of the international community day of service, alumni from the ACCESS and MEPI programs organized an environmental day in the city of Ramallah.
In order to strengthen the bonds between the MEPI alumni, and enhance their leadership skills, a leadership and team building training was held on the 27th of May at Padia center in the city of Beit Sahour. Sixteen MEPI alumni from diverse programs came full of energy and enthusiasm to meet with their peers and develop their time management, communication, and conflict resolution skills in a unique and rewarding way.
“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses”, Malcolm X.
MEPI Alumni agreed on the statement below as being the needed goal to see positive and sustainable change in the Palestinian community.
“In order to empower our community and positively create the change we aspire, we need to analyze the strategies which have been carried out throughout the years, and take advantages of our strengths to mitigate our weaknesses.”
A dynamic discussion was held in honor of the International Day of Youth. On Monday August 22nd, more than 55 MEPI alumni from diverse programs and guest gathered to share their opinions and express their point of views on Palestinian Youth Activism and its role in the community. Various topics were also brought up during the discussion as; the current situations of the Palestinian youth, the approaches the youth took to rebel in different Arab countries, the issue of the Palestinian refugees, the voice of youth and its role in the upcoming elections and much more…