Following the hugely successful trip of PAL’s Executive Director, Ahmad, to the UK in January of this year, International Relations representative, Liz, completed the exchange by travelling from Manchester to Palestine for the duration of the month of March.
Over the course of the month, Liz and the team carried out an incredible 26 activities, including workshops, lectures, meetings and field trips. Working with government officials, universities and PAL’s volunteer team, progress was made on some of PAL’s major projects, including the development of humane stray animal management programmes, the development of animal welfare law for Palestine and the training of volunteers in animal welfare and rights in context and campaigning and advocacy skills.
Liz returned to the UK on Friday morning and had this to say about the trip:
“We had an extremely busy and productive month and have seen a great deal of progress; on both a practical and strategic level. I have been so impressed by both the team and also the incredible young volunteers giving up their time to work with PAL. One of the most exciting programmes that PAL is delivering is the training of university students to work with schools in supporting child-led projects to tackle animal welfare problems. The project has real potential to impact hundreds of children and, by extension, thousands of citizens. I was delighted to be able to support the students in some of their training sessions for this project.
I was also really pleased to play a part in the formation of a partnership with the Institute of Law. The agreement is to work together to develop a draft animal welfare law for Palestine and we hope the meetings carried out in the last month will be the beginning of a long-term and meaningful project to see formal animal protection measures introduced in Palestine”.
In addition to the positive work carried out for animals, Liz also paid tribute to her team members, whose work is carried out in an extremely challenging practical and political environment. She said:
“In the short time I spent in Palestine I was honoured to be given a warm welcome everywhere I went, without exception. I was also saddened and shocked to see, first-hand, the challenges and injustices faced by my friends and colleagues in both their daily lives and in their work for animals within the occupied territories. What drew me to this organisation when I began working with the team over eighteen months ago was the very fact that this incredible group of people were working so hard for animals, despite the ongoing occupation. My respect and admiration for what is being achieved by PAL has only increased since my visit. I am very proud to be part of an organisation which is making such a fantastic difference to the lives of animals and people in Palestine”.