Ahdaf is a registered charity and is run by three co-founding trustees who receive no payment for their work. At present Ahdaf has no employees. The main activity is to provide scholarships for Palestinian students to come to the UK, and to support them through a mentoring programme. The students conduct voluntary projects in their community. The students who are supported by Ahdaf are considered members of the organisation and contribute through their own voluntary projects as well as through involvement in the annual selection process of new students. Students also contribute their opinions about how Ahdaf is run and their views are taken into account when decisions are made. Ahdaf has an investment portfolio and the interest generated from this provides our only income currently. We intend to start a fundraising programme to supplement this.
- Mission: Building today for Palestine’s tomorrow
Aims: To empower youth in Palestine to become: community leaders, critical thinkers and active participants in building civil society
- provide access to higher education engage youth in community-based voluntary projects
- increase young people’s skills and confidence with peer groups and elders
- connect youth across Palestine to promote co-operation and collaboration
- Provides scholarships to study for an undergraduate degree
- Supports students to develop and shape their communities through voluntary projects
- Empowers youth to develop as active members of society who can influence their communities through positive action, building a strong and cohesive civil society
Ahdaf is unique: no other organisation that works with youth in Palestine operates in the way Ahdaf does, and its structure ensures that the students are at the heart of its development. Students and alumni are members of Ahdaf and contribute their energy and direction to help us shape what we do. We are keen to share our own experiences and ideas with others, helping us all to develop and grow, and to improve the work that we’re doing.
We hope joining the network will offer us a number of benefits, including the potential to offer our students access to other opportunities to help support their work in Palestine, improving our own networking opportunities, linking us with other organisations working in areas of youth empowerment and community development, and increasing opportunities to learn from others to broaden our knowledge, skills and understanding.