Hope Ramallah School Receives Funds for Playground, Sports Complex

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The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope Ramallah inauguration of outdoor space. Photo by Majdi Mrabie/ELCJHL

Ramallah – The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope was one of several Ramallah non-profits to receive a $130,000 gift last year from the Azeez Shaheen Charitable Trust-Foundation based in Atlanta, Ga., USA.

The financial gift contributed to the completion of the School of Hope playground on the Kindergarten campus, and the improvement of the sports complex and a few other outdoor spaces surrounding the facility.

According to The American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine, the fund established in 1966 by Mr. Azeez Shaheen to assist non-profit establishments in Ramallah was terminated and the principal divided equally among:

Abu Dis Aged Home; Birzeit University Fund; Boy Scouts Ramallah; El Nahda Women Society of Ramallah; Arab Women’s Union of Ramallah; Greek Catholic School of Ramallah; Greek Orthodox School of Ramallah; Lutheran School of Hope; St. Joseph Sisters of Ramallah; Salvatorian Sisters – Qubeibah Aged Home; National Society of Visually Handicapped; Catholic Near East Welfare Association; Dalton State College Foundation; Evangelical Home for Children; Friends Boys and Girls School; Georgia Institute of Technology; Rosary Sisters of Beit Hanena; United Holy Land Fund; and, Rosary Sisters of Bethlehem.

Azeez Shaheen Charitable Fund representative addresses School of Hope during the inauguration of outdoor space. Photo by Majdi Mrabie/ELCJHL

Mrs. Nijmeh Ghanem, a representative of the charitable foundation and a retired teacher of Hope Ramallah School, said that Mr. Shaheen did not want the money to be used for administrative costs, but for places for children to play outside.

“Hope has used the money very productively for students to have space. Good bodies make good brains.”

Mr. Shaheen, a well known Palestinian philanthropist, died at the age of 101 in 1997.

Dabke Dancers celebrate during The Evangelical Lutheran School of Hope Ramallah inauguration of outdoor space. Photo by Majdi Mrabie/ELCJHL