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In the English language the word “pal” means friend. A “pen pal” is a person one comes to know through frequent friendly written correspondence. Pen Palestine connects youth from the Palestinian Territories with children all over the world through the exchange of handwritten letters, photos and drawings. This engaging and emotionally impactful project is open to teachers of children aged 8–18 who are ready to lead their students on a journey through the exchange of stories, dreams and ideas. 

The project was started several years ago by Ms. Heather Alexandra, a teacher in Berkeley, California, who decided to connect her students at a Jewish community center with children in Gaza. 

During the 2021-2022 school year Heather expanded the project beyond her own classroom to include 8 international teachers and 16 teachers and 2 social workers from Gaza. Together the teachers were able to connect a total of 275 children in friendship, 140 students from Gaza and 135 students from the US, Canada, Ireland and the Czech Republic. 

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