UAWC concludes the activities of the third ‘plant a generation that constructs a nation’ summer camp
UAWC concluded the activities of the third ‘plant a generation that constructs a nation’ summer camp, which took place in Hebron along the participation of 40 youth from various West Bank municipalities. Through the holding of such camps, UAWC aims to restore the value of collective and volunteer work, and strengthen youth’s connection to their lands through raising awareness of the importance of returning to farming especially as land is at the core of struggle against the Israeli settler project.
Over the duration of three days, the camp’s activities varied from volunteer activities to educational lectures. The participants were divided into five groups, and the activities began with an introduction to the work of UAWC, the stages it has been through and its accomplishments thus far. The participants were also introduced to the work of the international movement “La Vía Campesina,” and its struggle internationally for the rights of small-scale farmers. The second part of the first day included an overview of the history and importance of volunteer work in Palestine, and the importance of restoring its value at a time it has been decreasing due to multiple factors.
Participant Lubnah Tneineh from the Municipality of Hebron, and majoring in Food Processing, commented: “this is the first time I participate. I have learnt a lot from the information given to us in the camp and especially that concerning grape cultivation, as well as from the information exchanged from participants coming from other municipalities.” Lubnah also commented on the importance of returning to farming and said, “The occupation will fail as long as we are firmly standing and working in our land.”
The camp’s second day activities focused on the production of grape for which Hebron is well known. It included a lecture on the various grape varieties, and discussed the traditional stories and sayings mentioning grape and its products. The day ended with a tour to grape farms as to get to know the diseases grapes face, and the challenges these farms face due to the continues attacks on lands by the occupation’s army and settlers in an attempt to expand settlement construction.
Participant Ihab Shreim from the Municipality of Tulkarem, and majoring in Agricultural Engineering, commented: “my participation in the camp increased my interest in volunteer work, and my willingness to participate in volunteering activities. I have especially benefited from information related to farming, and those related to grape production and cultivation which Hebron is well known for.”
The activities concluded with an acknowledgement by UAWC of the camp’s participants. The participants later went to Khirbat Far’a -an area threatened by annexation by the Israeli occupation and its settlers- to carry out a volunteering activity that included the planting of 50 tree saplings and drawing murals for children. Additionally, the last day of the camp included a visit to UAWC’s Local Seed Bank as to get familiar with the way the bank functions, and the importance of protecting local seeds.