Kiki Nakamura-Koyama.

Project Harmony - Jerusalem, Israel

Project Description

Preston Public Service Career Fund Recipient

“Without a miracle I don’t believe I will see Arab boys and Jewish boys kicking a soccer ball together outside the walls of Hand-in-Hand. But the Hand-in-Hand schools are a miracle against all odds. I hold onto this miracle as I look towards my future in Israel, Palestine and the English classroom.”

I spent my summer jumping between different narratives. I dabbled in the many stories that students worked up the courage to create, share and perform. Despite the war I was so naive. Everyday I walked into a small school and watched Arab boys passing the soccer ball to Jewish boys for the score. I mistook the school as an inevitable peace when in reality the school was only a miracle, a nursery rhyme in a Brother’s Grimms’ tale. I learned the complexities of Israeli and Jewish identity.  I lived with a Muslim host family who deconstructed my prejudices one hug at a time. And, at the end of the summer, I was ultimately offered a paying job as an English teacher in Palestine for the rest of the summer. I look towards my future in Israel, Palestine and the English classroom and hold onto that miracle I witnessed.

Project Details

  • Date September 17, 2015
  • Tags 2015, Africa, Asia, Education, Junior, Preston, Social Service

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