At the beginning of August, we trained 6 brilliant counselors from Nablus City to implement our first LEAD summer camp. These people are AMAZING. We feel incredibly honored to work with a group of such incredible, brilliant, compassionate, and inspired friends to make this summer camp and continual mentorship program happen. These six young adults and the LEADers they will be mentoring are the future of Palestine. Hasan, Fatma, Ahmed, Bayan, Muaz, and Majd, THANK YOU for believing in us enough to join our team. We love you! -Hannah and RJ <3
Mohammed-Hasan Tbaileh is a 19-year-old student at An-Najah National University in Nablus. Hasan studies Civil Engineering and loves sports (especially basketball) and science (especially physics). Hassan has a passion for meeting new people and living out weird, exciting, and new experiences. He has been volunteering since he was 15 years old, working with those in need during the holy month of Ramadan and volunteering with Al-Nayzak research programs throughout the West Bank and Gaza. With Lead Palestine he most looks forward to being able to influence others' lives in a fun, less traditional way. Hasan has lived his whole life in Nablus and believes that this is an opportunity to share his experiences and demonstrate the power of hope.
Fatma is 22 years old and grew up in Nablus, Palestine.
She is a Lawyer & Master’s student at An-Najah National University. Fatma spent many years of her life volunteering with local and international community organizations, and quickly found that spending time with people who need help is one of the best times of her life. Lead Palestine is the path she wants to follow because it provides the chance to work with children living in refugee camps and support them, discover their talents, and help them to improve and foster their strengths.
Ahmed is 20 years old studying Public Relations and Communication at An-Najah university in Nablus. He is an active member of Zajel Youth Exchange Program, a program that focuses on building bridges between his school and Western universities. He hopes to soon expand his study in International Diplomacy at Beirut University.
Ahmed looks forward to seeing Palestine as free as birds...
Helping Palestinian children become young leaders is his mission for the future. Once, he had no one to talk to about his struggles, but now he can be the to help others who need advice or help.
Bayan Janem is a law student, adventure lover, and volunteer because she believes that helping others is a blessing.
At 20 years old, Bayan aims to be a successful woman with high ambitions, and hopes to gain a large amount of knowledge from life experience about science and law, specifically in International Law. Bayan believes that success isn't just about what you accomplish in your life, but about what you inspire others to do. Lead Palestine is the place where she sees herself doing her best- to inspire children to be big leaders in the future because THEY CAN! Refugees face plenty of difficulties during their lives, but Bayan believes that those difficulties build them with a strong base to be warrior people against the injustice and the oppression, and build the courage in them to learn, to teach, and to prove to the world that they have the ability to change the world to be a better place to live in.
Muaz was born and raised in Nablus, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. He first got involved in the political situation in Palestine because he believes that he needs to improve the difficult situation in Palestine in order to protect the kids from living in a similar reality to that one he lived in; he wants to keep them away from the suffering he has endured.
Muaz decided to study law at An-Najah university in Nablus because of his conviction that he misses the law in his daily life while he sees the huge spread of the injustice around him. He aspires to receive a master’s degree in International Law and Political Science from the United States and then return to his country in order to build young leaders. He reckons that nothing is better than the youth finding the solutions for the issues that his community faces.
Muaz believes that the ideas of the old leaders are outdated now, and is involved in Lead Palestine because he wants to invest in building new leaders who can lead the Palestinians to a better life.
In Muaz’s words: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” He believes that the best way to make that experience right is by giving love and care to those who need it the most.
Majd completed her undergraduate degree in Law, and later expanded her specialization into International Human Rights Law. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Democratic Governance - Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
She is most interested in the problem of Palestinian refugees, because she believes that the Palestinian issue is at the heart of the conflict plaguing the Middle East. She believes that any solutions that may be imposed on the Palestinians without achieving justice to refugees will be temporary solutions that will not bring a just and lasting peace to the region.
We love our team!!