|Ariella speaking to our group|
There are elderly in the Old City who have a hard time getting around in a city that is full of uneven rock laid paths and an incredible number of steps. When it snows, there is no snow removal, so the city stops for a few days until the snow melts. There are also the youth problems experienced in many cities- drug use, boredom, school delinquency, unemployment. the Foundations's East Jerusalem programs tackle these problems with social outlets and services.
We arrived at the Abna al-Quds Community Center, a community center in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, just in time to see a group of men warming up for their exercise and soccer time. Then we saw women meeting for a diabetes prevention session, before enjoying tea with Azaadin from The Jerusalem Intercultural Center. All of these programs make life better for people living in the city.
|Elderly men gather for an exercise session|
We visited Paley Arts Center, the only municipal arts center in East Jerusalem, where children were working on art projects. The entire building is full of life sized art, themed after biblical stories, so it was a joy to walk through and see how they made it a welcome place for everyone. There was also an artist gallery where women from East Jerusalem are encouraged to come and paint when they have time.
|One of the lifesize animals- a camel|
|Students making art with their teachers|
|The art room where people can come and paint|
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