About Friends of Al-Rowwad USA
Al Rowwad USA is a 501(c)3 organization whose purpose is to support the Al Rowwad Cultural and Theater Training Center in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, Palestine. Click here to learn more about Al-Rowwad Center.
The Al Rowwad Cultural and Theater Training Center is an independent non-political and non-governmental association in the Aida refugee camp. Al Rowwad was founded in 1998 by Abdelfattah Abusrour as an essential way to give children a means for self-expression and resilience under the harsh realities of the Israeli occupation. The Center creates a safe, child-centered space where the children of the camp can “be children again.” Al Rowwad believes in the cultivation of creativity as an alternative to violence in seeking justice. The arts are used to give the community a platform from which to tell their stories, as well as equipping community members with concrete skills so they can work more effectively for sustainable social change. The Center includes a theater, photo and video project, educational afterschool, women’s center, and choir and dance troupe.
Al Rowwad Photography featured in The Guardian
August 29, 2017
Nonviolent Resistance through Art in Aida Refugee Camp
I recently visited Palestine for the first time. Part of this visit included a trip to Aida refugee camp just outside Bethlehem in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Aida refugee camp was set up in 1950 by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine), as a direct result of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians by the emergent Israeli state in 1948. The camp holds 3000-5000.....
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Live Interview with Dr. Abdelfattah Abusrour about Al Rowwad and the "Beautiful Resistance" Approach
May 21, 2012