Christmas Message from YWCA Palestine 2023
Dear Partners and Friends,As this year comes to an end, and we approach the holy season of Christmas, we recall upon a baby born in the little town of Bethlehem, with a message of Peace and Joy for humankind. While we reflect upon this event, over two thousand years after, it is sad to realize that our homeland is still deprived of Justice and Peace, and that our children have forgotten the meaning of joy. This year we will not light a Christmas tree on Manager Square in Bethlehem, we will miss the sound of our children's laughter, as the carnage in Gaza reaches new levels of horror every day, while the Palestinians continue to live under military occupation. We believe that the birth of Jesus Christ is the incarnation of peace, justice, and hope. We look forward to this holy event, as it is a reminder to keep hope alive for a brighter future for all. At the same time, it is a call for unity and solidarity, as together, we are stronger! At the YWCA of Palestine, we have witnessed, time after time, the power of solidarity. Through the generous support of our international partners, we are able to make a difference in the lives of Palestinians, especially women and youth who are the most affected by the dire socio-economic situation. The year 2023 had its challenges, but we did not let that get in the way of serving our communities. We continued the implementation of our projects to empower battered women and survivors of gender-based violence by improving their access to protection services, and employment opportunities. We supported several income-generating projects led by women and youth in line with our commitment to their economic empowerment. We thank all our supporters and partners who make it possible for us to continue to bring hope and make positive change in the lives of the communities we work with. Finally, as you light candles this Advent season or hear bells ring, please remember us here in the holy land, the place of the birth of the Prince of Peace. Remember that it is God who brings light into dark places in unexpected places and unexpected ways. Remember that we ourselves can become welcoming fires in empire’s shadows for each other. Let us keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year long, and continue to support each other, because a better world is possible if we stand united.