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Friends of the Arava Institute
October 16, 2009

My daughter spent a year studying at the Arava Institute, and I visited her there for a week. I can tell you that this experience was life-changing. The academic level is very high, and the attention to individual student needs is careful. The program succeeded in taking advantage of the location to do more than just learn "about" the desert, but to help the students become steeped in the real experience of the desert. But most important of all was the experience of living, learning, and become intimate friends with people who used to seem like the "other side" but who are really the most connected of partners. My daughter's experience at the Arava Institute has changed not only her life and the lives of her new friends from all over the Middle East, it has changed my own life and the lives of our community. The whole world looks different. Yes, the challenges are great. But there is reason for optimism as these young people put their incredible energy into this holy work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

becoming friends, through my daughter who participated, with Palestinian, Jordanian, and Israeli Arab young people who are committed to solving the environmental problems of the Middle East and the world.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand opportunities for building community across perceived borders, and put into practice some of the experimental new techniques for making an impact on the environment in a place where environmental issues are a real hold-up to peace.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Donor & parent of student.