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Ashtar for Theatre Productions & Training

National Network
Palestine
Address

main street
Ramallah
Palestinian Territories

Telephone
970-2-298-0037
Telephone (other)
970-2-296-4349
Fax
970-2-296-0326
E-Mail
info@ashtar-theatre.org
E-Mail (2)
joviana@ashtar-theatre.org
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1991
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Gender
  4. Youth and education
General Information

Being a non-governmental organization, Ashtar has a General Assembly that elects the Board of Directors. It has 11 staff members, both artistic and administrative. Since Ashtar generates limited income, it mainly depends on fund raising from local and international donors. Main partners include Care International, EED - Germany and the European Commission. Its’ annual budget varies between 250 to 270 thousand US Dollars. Ashtar’s main projects are: Theatre Diploma in Colleges, Drama Clubs, Theatre in Universities, community groups training on Forum Theatre techniques, experimental theatre productions, forum and legislative theatre productions, in addition to local and international touring.

Mission and Objectives

As the first theatre training company in Palestine, Ashtar has maintained a consistent set of aims. It seeks to confront and challenge every aspect of Palestinian society, constantly encouraging people, especially youth, to question all aspects of their daily life. By adopting creative methods that inspire audiences to ‘listen as they hear, to contemplate as they see, to imagine as they reflect…’ it is Ashtar’s aim to make theatre an integral part of Palestinian society.

Main Projects / Activities

Ashtar’s work falls into two main categories: 1) The provision of drama training courses to teachers and schools, colleges and universities’ students. Also, since Ashtar is the only professional group in the field of the Theatre of Oppressed in the Middle East area, Ashtar started its training on forum theatre techniques both on local and regional levels. 2) The production of theatrical performances both experimental and forum theatre productions, in addition to various theatre productions with the students.

Contact (1) Full Name
Iman Aoun - Executive Director
Head of the organisation
Edward Muallem
Contact (2) Full Name
Emile Saba - Artistic Director

Asociacion Europea de Cooperacion con Palestina (ASECOP)

National Network
Palestine
Telephone
0097022748883
Fax
097022748883
E-Mail
asecop.ps@gmail.com
E-Mail (2)
asecop.ps.acct@gmail.com
E-Mail (3)
asecop.ps.ver@gmail.com
E-Mail (4)
areegkassis@hotmail.com
Mobile Phone
00970599815555
Mobile Phone (other)
00970599034381
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2006
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
General Information
ASECOP is a Palestinian nonprofit organization dedicated to working with all the categories of the Palestinian society to reach thier full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. ASECOP is working to serve Palestinian people through supervising and implementing sustainable development progragrams and projects contributing in the development of plaestinian society, raising people live quality levels in different sectors. ASECOP serves Palestinian Community Based Organizations and NGOs in West Bank and Gaza strip regions. ASECOP serves these orghanizations regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. ASECOP (Palestine)is a branch of a Spanish organization that has the same name and is working in order to help the Palestinian people through the funding of several important projects and programs at all the cultural,social, economic and health fields. The branch of Palestine includes 7 employees who are working to facilitate the fundraising issues and to supervise the managerial and financial progress of the granted projects. The total budget of ASECOP Palestine is 70,000.0 Euro. The main donor of ASECOP (Palestine) is ASECOP (Spain). Main partners of ASECOP (Palestine) can be summarized in the followings: - Union of Health Care Committees (UHCC). - Al Ghad Al Jadid Centre (Youth and Cultural Centre). - Palestinian Women Development Society (Al Najda). - Yes Theatre for Communication among Youth
Mission and Objectives

We are serving the Palestinian people and organizations through the following programs:
Cooperation and Humanitarian Assistance
We are providing cooperation and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people through the legal process, which aims to improve their living conditions.
Empowerment of Palestinian NGOs and Institutions (Capacity Building Programs).
We are working to empower the Palestinian NGOs and Institutions ability to achieve its goals and serve its targeted groups and beneficiaries.
Raising Awareness.
We are working to raise the awareness of the Palestinian People related to their social, economic and cultural problems and interests and we are promoting the Palestinian case at the national, regional and international levels.
ASECOP has a high score of funded projects and it supervised more than 10 community based organizations at West Bank and Gaza Strip. The majority of these projects were oriented to create job opportunities, improve the situation of Palestinian children, youth and women.
Driven for our vision which is looking to build a better future for the Palestinian People, we are looking to build up a long term relationship with Anna Lindeh Organization.

Main Projects / Activities

- Mobile Cabinets.
- Empowerment programs for women.
- Youth Centres.
- Leafership training programs.
- Exchange progarms.
- Human rights and democracy.
- Capacity Building for NGO

Contact (1) Full Name
Ameer Sa'ad
Head of the organisation
Areeg Kassis
Contact (2) Full Name
Basem Rishmawi

Assirk Assaghir

National Network
Palestine
Fax
+972 92337077
E-Mail
info@assirkassaghir.ps
E-Mail (2)
mahmoud.ph@gmail.com
Mobile Phone
+972 599748487
Mobile Phone (other)
+972 598014745
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
2005
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
General Information
Assirk Assaghir is a circus school based in Nablus, Palestine that is made up of motivated trainers and students. Concrete projects include continuous circus training for teenagers and children throughout the year. Other projects include summer clubs as well as all-female gymnastics classes. Assirk Assaghir has participated in different exchanges since its establishment including trips to Europe for circus festivals and hosting European trainers to volunteer in Nablus. Assirk Assaghir began as a volunteer-driven initiative with limited funding for equipment from circus groups in Europe. Now Assirk Assaghir has more funding and its own center. The budgetary resources available are 10,000 Euros in a year as of 2009. Assirk Assaghir's staff is made up of one full-time trainer/dirctor and one part-time trainer. Currently, the main partners involved in Assirk Assaghir's activities are Clowns Without Borders Sweden, Une Toile Contre Le Mur (France) and Circus Cabawazi (Germany).
Mission and Objectives

When one thinks of the on-going occupation in Palestine, the multiple checkpoints surrounding cities, frequent invasions by the Israeli army in the night and a high unemployment rate come to mind immediately. However, the more subtle effects, such as a lack of playgrounds in most neighborhoods, an unbelievably high student to teacher ratio in schools and almost no affordable extracurricular activities are the realities that affect the children. Assirk Assaghir focuses on combating these subtle effects of the occupation in order to provide children with a safe place to play, more individual attention than they get in schools and a fun extracurricular activity that builds skills and allows them to develop their personalities. Through alternatives to violence we are improving the physical and mental health of our participants. We provide a venue for them to express themselves, release frustration, develop skills, engage in dialogue and build hope for the future.

Main Projects / Activities

Asskir Assaghir provides circus workshops for children and teenagers in acrobatics, stilts, unicycle, clowning, juggling, trapeze, tissue and music as well as all-female classes in fitness and gymnastics. All activities require that the students encourage and support each other, creating an environment of trust where students feel free to take risks and express themselves. During the summer months Assirk Assaghir functions at full capacity with a summer club for children, daily workshops and multiple performances. In addition to the occasional performances by the students at the conclusion of their courses, the trainers and older groups of students are also asked to perform in many different centers around Nablus and in the refugee camps. Performing for the community allows Assirk Assaghir to reach more people than it is able to with the limited space and resources of its center. Other activities include trips to Europe for circus festivals and hosting international volunteers.

Contact (1) Full Name
Mahmoud Masri
Head of the organisation
Mahmoud Masri
Contact (2) Full Name
Baha Swidan

Association of Cultural Exchanges Hebron-France

National Network
Palestine
Telephone
972 2 222 48 11
Fax
idem
E-Mail
info@hebron-france.org
E-Mail (2)
abueisheh@palnet.com
Mobile Phone
0505 419 952
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1997
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Heritage
  3. International/Cultural relations
  4. Media
  5. Others
  6. Youth and education
General Information
1.Palestinian NGO, 5 employees, board of directors (7 members) 2.Annual budget : 290.000 NIS (approx.52.700 €) 3. French associations and individuals, local communities, French Consulate in Jerusalem 4. Promotion of cultural activities and social help thanks to two social workers 5. Comité Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Développement, France Palestine Solidarité, French municipalities, Palestinian Ministries, Library on Wheels for Non-Violence and Peace
Mission and Objectives

Develop relations between France and Hebron through common activities in the cultural and social fields.

Main Projects / Activities

Cultural field : French courses, exhibitions, debates, radio programme
Social help : orientation, follow up of about 100 families, providing of food, clothes, medicine, organization of workshops and support groups with specialized institutions, information through publication of booklets

Contact (1) Full Name
Dr Anwar ABU EISHEH
Head of the organisation
Dr Anwar ABU EISHEH
Contact (2) Full Name
Naela HERBAWI

Ayyam Al-Masrah- Theatre Day Productions

National Network
Palestine
Telephone
972-2-585-4513
Fax
972-2-583-4233
E-Mail
tdp@theatreday.org
Mobile Phone
972-52-275 0030
Organisation Type
Other
Year of Establishment
1994
General Information
1. TDP is governed by an eleven-member General Assembly of Shareholders that is responsible for all general policy issues for the company. The General Assembly elects a Board of Directors to oversee the administration of the company. The Board delegates the daily management and administration of the company to the 3-member Executive Committee, composed of co-directors. In 2005, TDP employed 15 full-time persons and 14 part-time workers. 2. $500,000 annually. 3. Consortium of donors. 4. Concrete 3- year program cycles. 5. PA Ministry of Education, PA Ministry of Culture, PA Ministry of Youth and Sporty, UNRWA Education Department, in addition to 20 international and European experts, and EuNetArt (European Network of Art Organizations Working with and for Children and Young People)
Mission and Objectives

Mission:
TDP wants drama, theatre, and creative activities to be a regular part of the lives of young people in Palestine, so that they can find their individual voice, their sense of self, and discover their creative life; in stimulating these activities TDP aims to provide the foundation for a peaceful development of Palestine, one with respect for human rights and civil society. TDP tries to realize this by working with the formal education systems and local organizations working with and for children and young people.
Overall objective:
TDP aims to promote the use of drama and youth theatre as a tool for creative expression in order to develop human resources and participate in community development. Its specific objectives are (a) to utilize formal and informal educational settings to promote theatre and drama in under-served areas of Palestine and (b) to build community human and physical capacities to support youth theatre.

Main Projects / Activities

1. Reaching out to children: by performing new relevant theatre plays, executing workshops in free expression, and producing and performing new plays with young people acting.
2. Building institutional capacity: by (a) enhancing TDP's 3 year curriculum of play production, lectures, workshops, and apprenticing, and (b) advanced training of regional teams and graduates in Hebron and Gaza.
3. Providing adequate facilities for drama: by renovating/ furnishing two theatre studios in the Hebron and Gaza region.
4. Advocating drama in the community: by expanding the constituency of TDP, strategic cooperation with partners, activities in new regions, and improvement of TDP's organizational capacity

Contact (1) Full Name
Jan Willems, Co-Director
Head of the organisation
Amer Khalil – Co-Director
Contact (2) Full Name
Jackie Lubeck, Co-Director

Bani Naim Charitable Society

National Network
Palestine
Telephone
00972 -2 2227130
Telephone (other)
00972 - 2 2227187
Fax
00972 2 2218680
E-Mail
islamyassine@hotmail.com
E-Mail (2)
i-m@baninaim.org
Mobile Phone
00972 599259101
Mobile Phone (other)
00972 599
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1965
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
General Information
It was established in 1965 to meet the needs of local commnnity in Bani Naim and surrounding villages in Hebron district. The Society has a public assembly (public members ) about 2200 and administrative committee consists of seven members who are elected every two years.it have 36 employer , our budjet about500000$ from differnt enternational funders, our work take usail activites and concerete project ,Bani Naim Charitable Society through her different activities in the mentioned fields, seeks to develop people’s abilities to fit in to normal and social life facing the ever –changing situatons in all field
Mission and Objectives

mission and vision
The Society works on providing people with services in different aspects such as educational , cultural , social and health services through wide range of programs and activities to improve the different abilities of people to face the ever –increasing changes in life.

Main Projects / Activities

To provide people with culturle ,educational and health services
To motivate children to be smart and skilful which reinforces in novations . Spreading awareness and Knowledge through differents sections of society .
Sharing women in the activities of the siciety and activating her through different training courses.
Helping poor people through delivering different services with little money.
Widening planted area of the village.

Contact (1) Full Name
Islam manasrah
Head of the organisation
mr Islam Manasrah
Contact (2) Full Name
Ahmed Mosa

Basma Institute of culture and arts

National Network
Palestine
Telephone
00972-8-2824908
Fax
00972-8-2834667
E-Mail
basma_gaza@hotmail.com
E-Mail (2)
basma_gaza@yahoo.com
Mobile Phone
00972-599-753108
Mobile Phone (other)
00972-599-742420
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
1994
Fields of Activity
  1. Arts
  2. Democracy and community development
  3. Heritage
  4. International/Cultural relations
  5. Others
General Information
Basma institution for culture and arts was established on October 1994 .Basma had been born as an output of collaborative efforts of several creative and innovative youths who believed in capability of culture in shaping a better future . Basma is a non profit association aims to develop culture groups and artists through creating awarded public ,enhance the creativity among its community , and contribute to creating well equipped and capable artistic generations. Basma sees itself as a cornerstone base and an effective partner of the Palestinian cultural movement that struggle to shape the Palestinian Cultural identity that will achieve participatory democracy based on justice and equity . Basma is fully opened for any cooperation without any conditions with other partners if it falls within it's strategy and goals .
Mission and Objectives

Basma aims to compliance its goals through working in many aspects :
1. activating the theatre movement through:
-Enhacing the commitment and serious theatre that meets the public hopes and being servant of the community issues and concerns .
-Meeting the child needs and setting solutions to their challenges and provide them by entertainment means .
- Networking with local and regional initiatives and exchaning experiences in order to broadening the local impact
2. Enhacing the cultural and thought criticism among Palestinians ;
by several tactics like workshops ,debates and discussions in order to raise community awarness.
3. Strenghening the community concerns about its heritage and cultural and patrimonial in order to create a healthy link between its past and future .
4. Enhacing the community interest in music , folklore and supporting Basma musical initiatives .

Main Projects / Activities

1.THEATRE :
Basma has a noticeable record in Gaza over the last years ,Basma has the following achivements in this area :
.Forming an educational puppetry theatre , wich conducted successful shows and had a lot of acceptance amomg children's community .
2. VIDEO :
Pending the interest of Basma theatre activities and the braodcasting drama for children.
3. Music and the popular arts :
Basma has a remarkable impact in this area , since it producted the following activities :
.Forming a popular artistic band in Jan.1995 that conducted several shows of popular dance and participated in many local festivals and events .
.Forming "El Warcha" theatre .
4. CULTURE :
Basma aims to develop local initiatives and support cultural structures.
Basma seeks the compliance of its goals by:
-Enhacing its role as a pioneer organization in areas of theatre and music .
- Developing the Jawal theatre and the children's video club .
-conduct cultural festivals in music and theatre among unive

Contact (1) Full Name
Nahed Abdel Salam Hanouna
Head of the organisation
Mr. Mohamed Abu Shareah
Contact (2) Full Name
Sami Ibrahim Hamad

Beit Sahour Municipality

National Network
Palestine
Telephone
097222-277-3666
Fax
097222-277-3520
E-Mail
lubnah@beitsahourmunicipality.com
E-Mail (2)
bsmuni@p-ol.com
Mobile Phone
597015527
Organisation Type
Local/Regional Authority
Year of Establishment
1925
Fields of Activity
  1. Heritage
General Information
Beit Sahour is a town of approximately 15,000 residents and is located one kilometer east of Bethlehem and 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem. Known as the "City of the Shepherds' Fields", the origins of the name Beit Sahour (the house of vigilance) stems from the Canaanite words "Beit" meaning place, and "Sahour" meaning night watch, which reflected the importance of the area for shepherds. Additionally, the area is famous as the biblical site where the angels appeared to the shepherds and announced the "good news" of Jesus' birth. Hence, the long standing and historical tradition of the City of the Shepherds' Fields. Beit Sahour also prides itself on being one of the last Palestinian town with a Christian majority and the town with the highest number of post-secondary educated individuals in Palestine, even perhaps in the whole Middle East.
Mission and Objectives

The Beit Sahour Municipality is the administrative body responsible for the provision of basic services to and the welfare of the residents of Beit Sahour.
Our mission is to strengthen and solidify the role of the municipality in the community and to gain the trust and respect of its residents.
Our vision is to be the leading local government unit that provides high quality and dependable services that support and enhance the economic infrastructure of Beit Sahour with particular emphasis on tourism and environment.

Main Projects / Activities

The three year strategic investment plan of Beit Sahour Municipality was focused into four domains:
1. Infrastructure development and maintenance.
2. Directing and encouraging economic growth particularly in the tourism sector.
3. Increasing social services to encourage the development of marginalized populations such as youth, women, minorities, the unemployed and persons with special needs. Infrastructure development and maintenance.
4. Support and encourage a green and clean environment.

Contact (1) Full Name
Lubnah Shomali