Volunteer Testimonials and Blogs

World Refugee Day is Every Day

World Refugee Day is Every Day

Last week we celebrated World Refugee Day, honoring the strength, resilience, and courage of refugees everywhere. As an organization, we celebrate world refugee day every day and we are dedicated to the rights of all refugees. We are deeply committed to uplifting both their voices and their […]

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Notes from Home: A San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Concert for LEAP – June 23

Notes from Home: A San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Concert for LEAP – June 23

Attention San Francisco Bay Area Friends of LEAP:  Join the Aswat Ensemble and the World Harmony Chorus on June 23rd for a night of music, community, and fun benefitting the LEAP Program! In honor of refugee awareness month, the “Notes from Home” benefit concert will raise funds […]

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Show Up for Refugee Youth Today!

Show Up for Refugee Youth Today!

I hope this message finds you all in good spirits, despite the ongoing tragedies taking place in Palestine and across our many communities. Our hearts remain with the brave in Gaza who struggle tirelessly demanding their right of return. I’m reaching out to you as members of […]

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LEAP Program Statement on #Nakba70

LEAP Program Statement on #Nakba70

#Nakba70 Palestinians this month mark seventy years since the 1948 Nakba, when approximately 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly expelled or fled their homes for safety as another people sought to remove them to establish their State — Israel. We are again reminded that the impact of this catastrophe […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Jackson

LEAP Testimonials: Jackson

Having participated in LEAP’s SHINE program both as a volunteer, and as a coordinator, I can truly say the experience changed me deeply, and was incredibly rewarding.  Like many volunteers, I first came to LEAP out of solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Seeing the conditions in the […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Mike

LEAP Testimonials: Mike

Having participated in LEAP’s SHINE program both as a volunteer, and as a coordinator, I can truly say the experience changed me deeply, and was incredibly rewarding.  Like many volunteers, I first came to LEAP out of solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Seeing the conditions in the […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Frank

LEAP Testimonials: Frank

The LEAP volunteer experience has so many rich dimensions to it. While there is the common goal of teaching English in order to improve the lives of refugee kids in the camps, each of us came with expectations and motives refracted through our own personal stories. For […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Amith

LEAP Testimonials: Amith

From October through December 2017, I served as the sole teaching volunteer for the LEAP ASPIRE program. In addition to being a valuable program for the community, the experience was personally and emotionally profound for myself as a teacher. Obtaining comprehension of the English language at an […]

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LEAP Statement on US Aid Cuts to UNRWA

LEAP Statement on US Aid Cuts to UNRWA

On January 16th, 2018, the United States federal government laid out its plans for a dramatic decrease in financial aid earmarked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the principal United Nations authority providing basic services to Palestine refugees. The U.S. State Department has determined […]

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LEAP Testimonials: Najwa, Sarah, Dayana, Nadia, Francis

“The plight of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon is not well documented. We do not see or hear stories about the inhumane conditions they live in within Lebanon. This experience informed me of the historical and political context of Palestinian existence in Lebanon.” Najwa B., LEAP Volunteer, Summer […]

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