London Met volunteering project in aid of Palestine

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Hard work and lots of will power can help to change things, but information is much more important.

This is what some of these students do, in a project that connects Palestinians with the rest of the world. The aims of this non-profit organisation called ‘Palestine for Smart People’, is to inform the public of what’s been happening in Israel, and what most of the civilians suffer every day.

Director and founder, Claudio Locatelli says: “Palestine for smart people, was created from a deep desire to get involved in the world’s situation and make it better.”

“Also when somebody is in danger, and you stay silent it means you become an accessory of the oppression. Think about a rape, if someone doesn’t react in front of this crime he contributes to make it happen,” he added.

Mr Locatelli said that the situation in Palestine is not only a Palestinians’ issue but it affects the rest of the Europe. From this thought all the projects have started.

“It’s not always possible to intervene effectively but it is always possible get involved at different levels,” Locatelli said.

The project started seven years ago and has ran effectively for six years. The volunteers from different countries, especially from Palestine, organise conferences, meetings with universities and travel to spread the word and get involved directly with this reality.

His first trip to Bethlehem brought him in direct contact with the refugees, at Deishe camp. From there, the goals are to create interactive means to spread information about them.

Locatelli also explained that the project also is extended to help the Syrians-Kurds refugees in the South of Turkey and inform the public about the sad reality in the city, Kobane, at the Syrian’s borders.

Currently Mr Locatelli and the rest of the contributors deal with some difficulties during this journey. He said that is not easy to motivate everyone to get involved. Also organising the activities in these war zones is very risky.

However, so far they obtained positive results on what they are expected to achieve.

“More people are interested to join and get in touch with our project. Schools and others connect with us to set conferences and spread information about our work,” Locatelli said.

Services and articles published about them contributed in spreading the information.

“There is still a lot to do, and we are working. We aware to be a small part of the many helps this cause,” he added.

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