CHARITIES SUPPORTED - Palestine
 
 
All fundraising figures are approximate and include an element of matching funding raised by the charities involved as a result of the concerts we have put on.
 
PALESTINE - £9,000 to date

Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem - LINK

HLT is a leading, internationally acclaimed not-for-profit organization established in Bethlehem in 1998. It seeks to empower the community through mobilizing its strengths and resources in order to address the challenges of the present and create real opportunities for the future. HLT has developed five programs that form the core of our mission to empower the Palestinian community:

Nonviolence Programs -
HLT’s Nonviolence Programs support the Palestinian people as they confront political, social, and economic hardship using nonviolent strategies.
Community Outreach -
Bethlehem District contains twenty-three separate cities, villages and refugee camps, composed of a variety of cultural and religious groups that make up the Palestinian people. HLT is seeking to engage in long-term, sustainable relationships to provide these communities with possibilities in the face of adversity.

Leadership Programs -
Holy Land Trust’s leadership division, Making the Impossible Possible Campaign, is facilitating the emergence of a community of leaders committed to bringing about a nonviolent, transformative, and lasting change within both Palestinian and Israeli communities.

Travel and Encounter -
HLT's Travel and Encounter programs aim to raise international awareness of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict by providing cross cultural and experiential learning opportunities in both Palestine and Israel.

Independent Media -
HLT has developed two media projects. PNN is an independent news agency bringing accurate and reliable news about the region to local and international communities. Al-Kul TV is a community-focused television station by and for the people of Bethlehem.

Adhoc Hums focussed funds raised on HTL's community outreach humanitarian aid projects, such simple education packs for children's after-school clubs trying to bring a sense of reality and safety back to youngsters terrorised by oppressive tactics of the Occupation. In 2009, we helped raise funds to rebuild devastated homes for Palestinian families in Al-Khader (Palestinians often live in large homes with three or four generations of one family cohabiting).
Courage to Refuse, Israel - LINK
Israeli armed and civilian occupation-enforcement forces, as well as Israeli 'settler's private paramilitary forces, are all largely made up of barely-adult youngsters aged approx 18-25 years old. Well-documented by international peace eobservers and human rights workers in Palestine, the collective behaviour of these youngsters under direction from older military commanders, appears carefully targeted to underpin the Israeli state's Apartheid behaviour: to kill, maim and generally harm the indigenous Palestinian inhabitants, destroying crops and homes, and to arrest both adults and children with a view to imprisoning them for months or years without charge in Israeli military or civilian jails. To counteract this without violence, Courage to Refuse works to introduce humanitarianism to the Israeli armed forces, by showing its battalions of teenage soldiers that they have a choice not to underpin such an illegal and immoral occupation of another country. However, any military personnel being brave enough to become a 'refusnik' are normally vilified, imprisoned and attempts are made to force the refusnik's family into destitution. Adhoc Hums funds went to providing emergency care for those families of Refusniks suffering deprivation.
Al-Yamamah Hospital, Al-Khader, Bethlehem - LINK
An independent cottage hospital built in 1997 after the Oslo Accords, at the time of Adhoc Hums concert in 2008 the organisation was in desperate need of funds for basic medical services. After the concert, In 2004 the hospital was able to attract a long-term lease for an independent medical charity to provide general medical care for south west Bethlehem area. The hospital lies in Al-Khader (the location where St George the Green Saint spent several years - the same St George who was imported to England by Crusaders to be England's patron saint).
Al-Khader is a village area on the southwest outskirts of Bethlehem City, on the original Palestinian road leading between Jerusalem to the north and Hebron to the south. Under the Apartheid system of Occupation that Israel maintains over Palestine, this old Al-Khader/Hebron road has been severed with road blocks, walls, earth mounds and barbed wire. As a result of this destruction of quick access to medical assistance in other areas of Bethlehem or outside the city, Al-Yamamah Hospital has become an even more vital resource for the walled-in Palestinian population, most of whom are forbidden to travel outside Bethlehem's limited precincts anyway, even if the road let them.

The staff are as entombed as their patients, and access to resources and medical consumables remains constricted. The whole of Bethlehem suffers from electricity and water shortages, directly affecting the quality of care any hospitals can give. Health levels are even lower than usual given the intense travel restrictions imposed on Palestinians, meaning they are unable to travel to find work, study or trade to make ends meet. The hospital, therefore, necessarily has to specialise to a certain extent on a broad range of mental health disorders, including profound depression suffered by the local inhabitants from being perpetually denied their civil and human rights.
WFPSC London fund for Gaza aid convoy - LINK
As part of the third convoy to Gaza undertaken by Viva Palestina in Dec 2009 to January 2010, London-based humanitarian activists volunteered as aid workers to drive medical vehicles across Europe and the Middle East to deliver aid to Gaza. Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign coordinated that fundraising to buy humanitarian aid materials and vehicles to donate to Gazan NGO charities. Adhoc Hums concert funds of went towards purchasing one ambulance and filling it with humanitarian aid such as hospital bedding, medical apparatus, education materials and non-perishable foodstuffs. Adhoc Hums founder was one of the drivers for that ambulance (number F5 in a convoy of 250 vehicles, and lovingly named "Gertie") and herself drove F5 through the Rafah Crossing between Egypt and Palestinian province of Gaza at around 2am on 07 January 2010, to deliver it safely to Gaza.