The city of Ramallah, “God’s Hill”, is located 10 miles north of Jerusalem. In the 1900’s, the residents of Ramallah began to immigrate to the United States. This immigration accelerated in the late 1940’s with the advent of the 1948 war in Palestine. Throughout cities in the United States there are now over 50,000 people whose origins can be traced back to Ramallah.* To maintain their ties, these people established the Ramallah Federation in 1958. Chapters were formed in major cities throughout the Untied States creating the American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine.
Shortly thereafter, the Federation in it’s commitment to helping the needy and less fortunate, established the tax-exempt American Ramallah Federation Educational and Charitable Fund. We have been granted tax-exempt status under U.S. Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c)(3).
Background & Purpose
The Educational and Charities Fund was established in 1961 to assist needy and deserving Palestinian students to acquire higher education and to help charitable institutions.
Financial aid is given in the form of:
- Direct grants to Charitable organizations;
- Scholarships awarded directly to students by Scholarship Committee;
- Committee-awarded grants for books, papers and research on subjects dealing with Arabic culture;
Just in the last 10 years, more than $800,000 has been spent to help students and charities. More than 1,500 students graduated from Colleges and Universities in the following fields:
- Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
- Engineering, Science
- Business Administration
On average 55 students are receiving scholarships every year;
Many of the graduates are practicing their professions in the West Bank, in the Arab world and the U.S.
The Scholarship Program has enabled many individuals & charitable organizations to participate in it through their contributions and sponsorship of scholarships.
You can download the Education & Charitable Fund brochure or obtain more information or an application from the following address:
AFRP Education Fund Secretary
P.O. Box 51265
Livonia, Michigan 48151