#ICareAboutPeace Speaking Tour
14-year-old Lama Abed from Gaza City and her mother Amal are on tour to raise awareness about the crisis in Gaza and how Americans can help. They recently joined children from Susiya on Capitol Hill to present their visions of peace to Congress.
Rebuilding Alliance (RA), a U.S. nonprofit, has brought Palestinian children to speak to Congress for four years in a row with remarkable success, evidenced by Sen. Feinstein’s letters to keep the Palestinian village of Susiya standing. This is the first time RA was able to bring a child from Gaza.
Lama (14) was chosen among students from all the refugee schools in the Gaza Strip served by the UN to represent the community as a result of her English and public speaking skills. Her mother, Amal Abed, is becoming a psychologist
Sponsoring Organization: Rebuilding Alliance; Contact person: Donna Baranski-Walker:
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Lama (14) traveled through the blockade of the Gaza Strip with her mother to join Rebuilding Alliance in Washington DC. She is 9th grader at the al-Ma’munia School in Gaza City, an UNRWA school for refugees, where she sees children who are hungry and without shoes or uniforms. She likes to write short stories, loves to read and learn languages, and wants to become a TV presenter and open a dairy farm someday, to provide milk to children in need.
Amal Abed, mother of four children, is a refugee whose family is originally from the Village of Bayt Daras. Married at a young age, she returned to school and holds a teaching diploma, a bachelor degree in Education, and is completing her Master’s degree in Psychological Education and Guidance. She dreams of establishing the first Montessori school in Gaza.