“I joined Creativity for Peace in 2008 because I wanted to meet the “other side.” I was awarded a full scholarship for Peace Studies in Eugene, Oregon and now I am graduating from the University of Oregon with an International Studies degree. This journey was very special to me, not because of what I’ve gained, but because I did it all alongside my Palestinian friend.
Creativity for Peace gave me an opportunity not only to meet Palestinians, but also to live, grow, learn, and dream with them. I have talked in front of different groups about my country, culture, and my hope for a better future for my region. I was fortunate to be a camper, a Young Leader, and an intern in this special organization that gives opportunities and hope for girls from Israel and Palestine. Creativity for Peace has given me the tools to become a better person with confidence, compassion, education, and a global perspective.
With these tools, I hope I can make a change in my country and build a better reality for future generations. My dream is to work in UNICEF with leaders from around the world and help children to live in peace and gain important tools like I did.”