Ilham and Majedah prepared and sold delicious ‘Paradise Apples’ to raise funds for Palestinians in need! Watch the video below.
“Being a part of the sincere and well organised team at Interpal showed me that this hope still is embedded and present in many people with various backgrounds. The quote “You don’t have to be Palestinian to stand with Palestine” is being lived in Interpal. I would not want to miss the experience I have gained at the London Interpal office and all the wonderful staff members I am very pleased to have met.” – Majedah, 24
Why did I choose Interpal?
Choosing Interpal as an organisation to volunteer with was an easy decision. Since my early childhood I have always been closely related to the matter of Palestine. Therefore, speaking up for Palestine and standing with the oppressed Palestinians is something I have being raised with.
I would like to introduce myself at this point. My name is Majedah Borno. I am a 24 year old half German and half Palestinian student studying English Studies and Islamic Science in Germany. As part of my studies I have to complete an Internship at any English speaking company. It was clear to me from the beginning to relate this Internship to Palestine as my heart goes out to Palestine. Furthermore, I was searching for an opportunity to work with a charity company that provides me with knowledge I can profit from as I am also volunteering with charity activities in Germany.
But still the question is left open, why did I choose Interpal?
Interpal is an organisation that provides help for Palestinians in need. Help too Palestinians who lost their homes. To Palestinians who lost their children, parents and loved ones. To Palestinians among whom war has become everyday life. Therefore, supporting and getting involved with an organisation such as Interpal means being aware of the fact that Palestinians are in need of help to be able to live and have a brighter future than the painful and dreadful past they have experienced. It means standing up with Palestinians who suffer day-to-day and to fight with Palestinians for their rights as we have the possibility and power to do so.
During my Internship at the London Interpal Office I was delighted to experience the possibilities we have to support Palestinians. I was able to strengthen my attitude towards charity work, namely that helping is not about being rich and donating the highest amount of money. Helping is about using one’s personal resources and to give what everyone is able to give. At Interpal I met many hardworking members of staff who provide Interpal and therefore Palestinians with precious help. Fortunately I was given the opportunity to also make my own contribution. Within one week me and my colleague were encouraged to organise two small fundraising activities. Due to the terrific participation of Interpal members of staff we raised more than the expected target and we are very grateful for that.
However, the impact of social media has also been pointed out to me again. To carry out the message that Palestinians are in Need of help and to show solidarity with Palestinians via social media is a simple act with a great effect as it can reach thousands of people. Many people use social media on a daily basis, so why not use it wisely for the sake of Palestinians?
Getting involved with Interpal reminded me that even the smallest act can make a change. In my younger days I felt myself unable to help Palestinians as I was 2700 miles away. However, distance does not play a big role anymore in such a globalised world we are living in. Therefore, one should always stay full of hope that every action with a pure intention, even if its small, can make a change for people and Palestinians who do not live a secure life the way most of us do.
Being a part of the sincere and well organised team at Interpal showed me that this hope still is embedded and present in many people with various backgrounds. The quote “You don’t have to Palestinian to stand with Palestine” is being lived in Interpal. I would not want to miss the experience I have gained at the London Interpal office and all the wonderful and gracious staff members I am very pleased to have met.