AFRICAN COMMUNITY SOCIETY JERUSALEM
The African Community Society, ACS, is a Palestinian non-governmental non-profit organization founded by the Afro-Palestinian community in Jerusalem in 1983. It is an offshoot of the Sudanese Welfare Club which was active between 1951 and 1967, the year when Israel occupied Jerusalem.
It is also a revival of the African Youth Club, which was established in 1978 but was forced to close in the mid -eighties due to financial hardships.
What we do
The African Community Society aims to develop its population of youth, women and children who have a standard of living that might be considered challenging for more than one reason. Our goal is to raise awareness and help the residents of Jerusalem understand and try to avoid the constant oppression that they face from the occupation.
SUMMER CAMP PROJECTS
Reinforcing our Commitment
With our organization we try to keep young kids off the streets as much as possible, and try to remind them to have fun despite all the awful things that they might see which they shouldn't.
Our summer camp starts as soon as the kids are let off for their summer break.
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”
Here at African Community Society Jerusalem, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2000, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together!
The African Community Society, ACS, is a Palestinian non-governmental non-profit organization founded by the Afro-Palestinian community in Jerusalem in 1983. It is an offshoot of the Sudanese Welfare Club which was active between 1951 and 1967, the year when Israel occupied Jerusalem. Our ancestors primarily came from four countries: Chad, Senegal, Nigeria and Sudan. The reason behind moving to Palestine was for pilgrimage to Al-Aqsa Mosque and later on to defend Jerusalem from the Zionist colonialist project.
NEWS & HEADLINES
African Community Society sacrifices for the greater cause
OSAMA JIDDAH, THE FIRST MARTYR OF THE INTIFADA.
At the start of the Al Aqsa Intifada, sparked by the provocative visit of then -Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the Aqsa Mosque Compound, Osama Jidda was on his way to donate blood at a nearby hospital (Al-Maqased). At the entrance of the hospital, Osama was shot dead by Israeli forces, later to be pronounced the first martyr of the Intifada.
Fatimah al-Barnawi was born in 1942 to a Nigerian father and a Palestinian mother from the Jordan Valley. Israel arrested al-Barnawi in 1967 for her involvement in the Palestinian resistance and she was sentenced to two life imprisonments plus 10 years, making her one of the first Paelstinian women prisoners in Israeli jails. However, she was released on November 11, 1977 in a prisoner exchange deal and deported to Jordan. After being allowed back into Palestine, Fatima became the head of the Palestinian woman police force.
Ali Jiddah is one of the leading voices for the Palestinian front for the liberation of Palestine. he had spent seventeen years in Israeli prisons for his involvement in political activities before being released in a prisoner exchange, Ali now holds alternative tours for the old city of Jerusalem.
Born in 1948, Mahmood had developed a love for Jerusalem ever since. Arrested for suspicion of relation to the Popular front for the liberation of Palestine, where he would spend the next seventeen years in Israeli prisons, later to be released in a prisoner exchange.
We are so happy you’re interested in getting involved with our work here at African Community Society Jerusalem. There are many ways for you to help, and we truly appreciate each and every effort. By lending your support, you’ll become a valuable part of our non-profit organization and help to strengthen our mission.
MAKE A DONATION
Show Your Support
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? For as little as a dollar you can help. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow.
PARTNER WITH US
Have an Impact
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making African Community Society Jerusalem an even better non-profit organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.
VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
Help Us Soar
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at African Community Society Jerusalem. Get in touch with any questions about how you can volunteer your time today.