Founded in 2000,and established as a non-profit 501 C3 a few years later, the Hope Fund ("HF") secures and coordinates scholarships from US colleges for talented and driven Palestinian youth, predominantly from refugee camps in the Arab world for whom a higher education would otherwise be unattainable. We endeavor to enrich the lives of young people, creating hope out of despair while fostering familiarity and understanding between the two different cultures.
The Hope Fund has already assisted 25 students in completing their undergraduate degrees, all with excellent grades. Their outstanding work has helped us bring in more students to study in the US and expanded the work of the Hope Fund as its reputation continues to grow each year. Currently, the Hope Fund is hosting 42 students in partnership with 25 colleges into the United States.
There are more than three and a half million Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East, many of them living in extreme poverty. Higher education remains a dream for the children of these refugees. While UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) provides a limited number of schools, these facilities do not come close to accommodating the needs of this population. In Lebanon, for instance, there are only nine high schools to serve close to half a million people spread out throughout 12 camps. In Syria, the UN provides only a small number of elementary schools. In the West Bank and Gaza the schools are overcrowded and impoverished, and often are closed for months at a time.