On a recent self-funded visit to Ramallah, ORFA members were invited to visit an UNRWA school which was keen to make links with an Oxford school. Ein Arek School is funded by UNRWA and has limited resources; many of the children have experienced poverty, poor housing, family imprisonments due to political activity and the trauma associated with having families under such stress. We discussed the possibility of a visit by some young Dabke Dancers from the school council, funded and hosted by ORFA.
A visit was planned for the summer of 2020. Four young Palestinian refugees would visit the UK, with their teachers and school counsellor, to make links with young people in Oxford schools. During their visit the children from Palestine and Oxford would dance and perform together.
Regrettably, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone the visit, but we are hoping it will take place on 16-23 June 2021. This will coincide with an exhibition of the Palestinian History Tapestry in Oxford Town Hall.
Agreeing that it was necessary to postpone the visit, our friends in Ramallah sent this message:
"Good health to you and all our friends in Oxford…we wish you safety for all around the world"