Fedaa Eissa Moussa Abo Turki


The first breakthrough:

I was born and educated in the town, the old schools of the city of Hebron, this historic town that suffered the longest curfew known to modern human by Israeli occupation. This town that was surrounded Jewish settlements in different neighborhoods in a deliberate attempt to change its Arabic and Islamic landmarks. The city that suffered the most difficult economic and social conditions as a result of the impact of the blockade. The city that witnessed the events of Ibrahimi Mosque, the bloodiest massacre in history, by spiteful colonists. In these circumstances, my dream was to enter the world of community and humanitarian action and volunteer to serve my family and my community.

The Experience:

* After participating in a training course in capacity building held in the city of Hebron in 2002, I decided to launch my own social work and the first beginning was as follows:

1) Worked to establish committees of rural development in Palestine, the first youth organization engaged in development work and contributing to the transfer of the Palestinian organizations from developing to developed ones.

2) I worked on the establishment of the Palestinian Centre for communication and developmental studies in the city of Hebron, in order to provide consulting and studies to the Palestinian grassroots organizations so they could build their programs and projects.

3) I worked on the establishment of the Palestinian Centre for communication and policy development. I worked as a civil entrepreneur  providing services to all Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

.Worked to establish each of the following institutions of the Palestinian Center for communication and policy development:

  1. “Iradah” -first incubator for businesswomen in Palestine.

  2. Social and cultural center for the elderly (ancestral house).

  3. Legal mobile clinic for working women.

  4. school of field biology for women.


Challenges and difficulties:

  1. Prevailing societal culture that limit the role of women in public life and restrict their movement.

  2. Institutional work needs to long working hours every day, and this is an obstacle to women, especially in a society that strongly believe in the culture of housewives.

  3. The needs of the Palestinian society for comprehensive development is bigger than the capacity and ability of the largest private sector.

  4. The continuous difficulty to the access of financiers to provide adequate funding for planned activities in the strategic plan.

  5. Prevention of colonists to allow the Palestinian NGOs to work on the development of areas adjacent to the settlements.

  6. Poverty which Palestinian territories suffer from

Facing the challenges

  1. My success in institutional work proved that the Palestinian women are able to participate actively in promoting development in Palestine, which promoted women to follow my initiative. This helped in changing the look of the community to women and their roles.

  2. Gaining many funds helped in recruiting and training women to help me accomplish the tasks and excellence.

  3. Credibility in the implementation of projects and programs of the organization strengthened relationship with donors which contributed to the stability of the financial situation of the institution.

  4. Reliance on qualified and trained crews from the nearby rural villages and settlements has enabled us to work all over the Palestinian territories.

My innovative entrepreneurships were the first in Palestine. They were much needed initiatives that weren’t duplicated by other civil institutions. Including:

  1. Biological Field School for Women- first field school in Palestine

  2. Mobile Legal Clinic for Women's Rights - the first legal mobile clinic in Palestine

  3. Social and cultural center for the elderly (ancestral house), the first social and cultural club for the elderly in Palestine.

  4. “Iradah”- first incubator for businesswomen in Palestine


Main lessons to be taught to the young people

  1. Participation in voluntary work and the humanitarian community in all fields.

  2. Participation in institutional work.

  3. Strong will and determination to succeed in public life

  4. Thinking in creative entrepreneurial projects and duplicating traditional versions.

  5. Participate in activities and projects and various conferences.


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