Talitha Kumi School in Beit Jala near Bethlehem offers Palestinian girls and boys a safe place in a conflict-ridden environment where they can develop into self-confident personalities. At Talitha Kumi, girls and boys, members of different religions and denominations learn to be tolerant at eye level. In addition, Talitha Kumi is a place where even representatives of both sides of the Middle East conflict can meet and get to know each other.
But where otherwise cheerful students, teachers and school staff gather, it is quiet and deserted. The Covid19 pandemic also has a firm grip on the Holy Land. In early March, the Palestinian Authority imposed comprehensive restrictions as a preventive measure: Schools are to remain closed until further notice, public life is largely at a standstill, and even the otherwise so many tourists have to stay away.
Crisis management is almost normal for Talitha Kumi with its almost 170-year history. The Middle East conflict is a constant companion in everyday school life. But in past crises Talitha Kumi has been able to keep the school running despite restrictions and offer the students a piece of normality.
The loss of lessons is largely compensated by e-learning offers. But Talitha Kumi means much more than just learning and grades for his school family.
Due to the state of emergency, many families lose their source of income. There is no social security system in Palestine. People who cannot work because of the emergency have no source of income. Some parents already had to ask for postponement and reduction of school fees. And: The guesthouse is closed and cannot generate any income. However, running costs and salaries are incurred at the school despite the closure. Talitha Kumi is facing great financial challenges.
The school is largely financed by donations, on which it is now more dependent than ever.
Please help to guide Talitha Kumi through this difficult time.