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South Mt. Hebron Students- Middle of the Year Report

Dear friends and supporters,

As we near the end of the school year’s first semester and registration for its second semester, we met the South Hebron Hills students whom we assist in their academic studies. We are currently supporting fourteen students from five localities in this area: Susya, Mufaqara, Tuba, Tuwane and Um Al Kheir. Our conversations with the students were instructive regarding their progress, the subjects they are engaged in and their general satisfaction from their work. The assistance received from the donors, headed by the American US Omen organization, enables these students – who have previously only been able to participate in a small number of academic courses each semester and sometimes even forced to disrupt their studies – to now register for courses of a sufficient scope to complete their degree within a reasonable period of four-five years. Most of the students whom we support are either at the beginning or middle phases of their studies. Three of them are more advanced, and we hope they will manage to complete their studies in the current school year, or the next one. Thirteen of the fourteen students are studying at the Jerusalem Open University (Al Quds al Maftuha) Yatta Extension, the nearest university to their villages and the least expensive in tuition. Another student studies at Al Aroub College.

The fields of study are varied and vast: Geography, English, economics, accounting, mathematics, Arabic, religion, computers, social work, life science and social science. In our conversations with them, the students expressed their satisfaction with their own studies, their grattitude to the donors abroad and to us, and their hope that we shall be able to maintain this assistance until they successfully complete their course of studies. We wish the students succes in their term final exminations and a fruitful continuation of their academic pursuit.

Ehud Krinis

The Villages Group

Villages Group’s Student Scholarships

Greetings to our friends and supporters,
Here we are at the start of a new school year in Palestinian universities.
For the past year, support of Palestinian students who can hardly afford their tuition has played an increasingly prominent role in our activity. This is especially true for students from the South Hebron Hills cave-hamlet region. This area is unique in its remoteness from institutions of learning, in the violence perpetrated daily by the local Israeli colonists/settlers against Palestinian children on their way to school, in the poverty afflicting families that eke out their living from sheep and goat raising – all these and more become insurmountable obstacles for the youngsters of the region to even complete their basic education, let alone reach a higher one. The few who do, find themselves mostly too needy to afford academic studies.
The scholarships we grant are meant to alleviate this problem and enable students to achieve their degrees within a reasonable time span of four years. Last year we awarded scholarships to ten students. This year, thanks to the generous help extended to us from our supporters in the US (US Omen) and Switzerland (Association Une Terre Deux Peuples), we have managed to expand our assistance: for the first semester we have chosen ten male students and four female students from the South Hebron Hills villages of Susya, Tuwani, Mufaqara and Tuba. Furthermore, we are granting three scholarships to one female student and two male students from the villages of Salem and Deir El Hattab in the Nablus region, where we have also been active.
We are grateful to everyone who helped us in this project and hope that we shall manage to raise additional sums for the sake of these students and others towards the beginning of this year’s second semester.
Students from the Susya area

Students from the Susya area

Sincerely,
Boaz, Erella and Ehud
Villages Group