IntroductionHello everyone! For blog safety purposes, please get familiar with referring to me as E. So, awhile back I got this wild idea in my head that I wanted to go overseas and take a stand doing what I can to help Palestinians. Well that's not such a wild idea anymore, as the beginning of our journey creeps closer and closer. Going through the training process has definitely made all of this seem more real as we have prepped and been handed countless tools and materials to use in the field.
Family BackgroundGrowing up I was lucky enough to be part of an Arab-American family, and all the great things that come along with it- great food, fun music, exposure to different languages, and a better comprehension of different cultures. Naturally, coming from such a war-torn part of the world, not everything my family has experienced has been fun and games. Unfortunately several of my family members know first hand the tragedy of being forced to leave the only home they had ever known, along with the frustrations of witnessing occupations take place. As Americans, this isn't something most of us can't even imagine, and sadly don't often take notice of in the first place.
How this has influenced meFrom a young age, I've always had a heart for helping people. As long as I can remember I've been a part of community outreach and volunteering programs. In the last few years as I've started a new, more mature chapter in my life, I've become more familiar with the Palestinian culture and the conflict that those overseas face on a daily basis. Learning more about my family history has compelled me to take more of a hands on approach to this issue, to do things that they may not necessarily be able to because of political reasons.
Final ThoughtsI am beyond thrilled to be taking part in a once and a lifetime opportunity. More than anything, I hope this upcoming journey will give me the chance to be there however best I can for a group of people that I am so passionate about. I am also hopeful that it will enable me to educate people, and give them a better understanding of the Palestinian culture upon my return home. I look forward to sharing more with everyone soon.