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2008 Programs and Events

U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem Stocks New Library at RISOL’s Community Center in Salfeet

Representatives from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem presented 700 books and 100 magazines for a new library at the Community-Based Learning Center in Salfeet today in a ceremony attended by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Youth and Sports official, Hussein Azzam, Deputy  Governor of Salfeet, Mr. Nawaf Souf, Mayor of Kufr Haris, Ahmed Bawziah and several other mayors and dignitaries from the region.   The library, whose shelves were bare before the U.S. Consulate donation, is now fully stocked with resources for the citizens of Salfeet.

At the donation ceremony on May 30, Public Affairs Officer Jacqueline Deley presented the books to the Center Coordinator, Nasfat Khuffash, remarking that, “we are delighted to provide these books to launch your new library.  This donation, like the one we did to the Community Center in Hebron in 2007, came entirely from the private collections of staff and families from the U.S. Consulate.”

The Deputy Governor, Mr. Souf, thanked the U.S. Consulate for its generosity and support for the people of Salfeet.  Over thirty students and other library-users, as well as representatives from local organizations, eagerly looked through the books and chatted with Consulate staff after the donation ceremony.

Among the books donated by the U.S. Consulate are children’s books, novels and literary works, textbooks, dictionaries, biographies, English-language learning materials, reference books, and American classics in Arabic translation, as well as a number of magazines.

This Community Center on Al Madares Street in Salfeet was established by Relief International—Schools Online (RI-SOL) in 2007.   RI-SOL is a non-governmental organization active in over 40 countries implementing programs that provide services to empower beneficiaries through emphasizing education, civic participation, online collaborative projects, and teacher exchanges.