It has been a very hot summer in Sabastiya, the temperature reaching 40c. The lack of water is becoming chronic. This is why we are envisaging supporting a new project of water recycling, more details below.
Here in Hanwell we have been busy fundraising and we thank all those who participated in one way or another. Despite being in the middle of a general election, 70 people attended our Balfour event in the Town Hall in May where MP Steve Pound spoke. We even managed to raise £60. Many groups of all kinds up and down the country have been organising an event relating to the Balfour Declaration which is a hundred years old this year.
Our stall at the Hanwell carnival was busy all day and we raised £555 with the sale of cakes, jewellery, and the tombola and reflexology sessions. We even got our MP Virendra Sharma to buy a tombola ticket!
Our summer social by the river Brent was also a great success: fantastic setting and food, songs and socialising as well as canoe trips down the river. This one raised £612.
The last event of the summer will be the Brentford Festival on Sunday 3rd September from 12 noon -6pm. This will be at Blondin Park W5, one entrance is from Boston Manor Road, not far from Boston Manor station.
We hope to see many of you there! We will have a stall selling books, cakes, jewellery and a tombola, we may also do some busking!
Please if you can donate items it will be very useful: Tombola prizes: anything as long as it is new (bottles, tins, games, etc….). Cakes:any shape or form. Jewellery (even used) and good books. Please bring to the stall on the day or deposit at Marjorie’s, phone beforehand: 0208 567 8655. Also needed are lavender heads for Gillian to make lavender bags which sell very well, so if you have a plant please can you collect them and leave them on newspaper to dry until they get to Gillian:*protected email*
News from Sabastiya: Ahmad Kayed reported that the water situation is dire. It seems that Nablus has taken Sabastiya’s share of the water allocated by the Israelis. The municipality is trying to resolve this, meanwhile villagers have to buy tanks of water from the Israeli water company.
On the positive side: A new committee was created to improve tourism in Sabastiya with the help of World Vision of which Ahmad is a rep. for the North of Palestine. They will fund this venture through the municipality, a movie will be made about the village. Publicity organized to bring local tourism and tourism from Israel. There are also plans to revive the yearly Sabastiya International Festival, as it existed before the intifada, hopefully starting next summer.
Our Projects: The first aid and emergency course for a group of 17 men and women has been completed. They have all been kitted out with gas masks and first aid boxes. The team has already been out three times to help. The gas masks are found to be very useful and we have been asked to buy some more to protect older people and asthmatics living in the areas where tear gas is usually fired. A mask costs £54 if you would like to donate a mask, or half a mask or a quarter of a mask, bank details are at the bottom of the bulletin.
For our next project we are looking at providing families with equipment thatwill allow them to recycle grey water. The water shortage is acute in the West Bank and as described above Sabastiya people are suffering. Recycling dirty water would allow them to water their fruit trees and vegetable gardens. One recycling plant costs around £100 and will help one family. If you would like to contribute to this project please donate. Details are at the bottom of this bulletin.
Visit Palestine: we are told again and again by Palestinians that our visits are important to them. It shows that they are not forgotten and helps break their isolation from the world. Three of us are travelling on September 5th. If you would like to come with us please contact us.
The Cooperative Bank, Ealing Branch
Sort code: 08 92 99
Account number: 65449004
Or send cheques made payable to HAFSA to: HAFSA Treasurer, 9 Cardiff Road, W7 2BW