Hope of Peace Foundation

Our Strategy for Promoting Peace

Helping to alleviate poverty by providing food, water, housing and medical care

Promoting and supporting education at all levels

Bringing economic development and creating employment

Hosting conferences and summits where people can come together to learn and interact with each other

How Does Peace Occur?

Before peace can occur, there must be hope. There is a proverb that says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Every time a bullet is fired or a missile is launched the hatred and fear continue. How do we bring hope to a conflict that has been going on for generations?

Change begins at the individual level. Do I need to offer forgiveness? Do I need to seek forgiveness? Am I part of the problem or part of the solution? Next, it is important to reach out to others and build relationships. Helping to resolve a conflict of this magnitude can only happen through growing relationships within and amongst communities. We have to come to the point when both sides say enough is enough.

Change That Makes a Difference

When conflict results in pain and loss, it can lead to bitterness, hatred and mistrust. Our founder, Taysir (Tass) Abu Saada, a Palestinian, knows this all too well. As a young man, he had a hatred for Jews like none other, and he even fought against them with Yasser Arafat (PLO). It wasn’t until later in life that God changed his heart and gave him a love for the Jewish people. That was over 25 years ago, and he has been working ever since to build bridges of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
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Economic Development and Employment Opportunities

When there is little or no economic opportunity, it is nearly impossible for peace to happen. We believe this is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. The unemployment rate in Gaza and the West Bank is around 24%. The unemployment rate in Israel is around 6%. This economic disparity needs to change. At a higher level, we propose the creation of an economic development council of Palestinians and Israelis, composed of not only top officials, but also of large and small business owners. This group’s goal would be to identify viable economic projects and bureaucratic processes that are hindering the free flow of goods and services. For economic development to happen, capital investment is necessary. We want to explore the creation of development zones that would allow development banks to offer financing at favorable terms that include loan guarantees at a global level. At the local level we want to help people start small businesses. Microfinance is one way for this to happen.

Success Stories

Springs of Hope, a water bottling plant in Jericho, West Bank.

A water well in Gaza.

Helping Through Microfinance

Making Happiness

The Hope of Peace Foundation has helped a mother of six, ranging in ages from 3 to 16 years old, to start her own bakery called “The Joy Maker”.

This has been a tremendous help because she is the sole financial supporter of the family. Her husband is disabled and unable to work.

The lady, like so many in Gaza, is hard working but she just needed a small amount of financial assistance to turn her talent of baking into a successful sweets shop.

This is truly a “sweet story” and it is because of your support we were able to help her.

Continue to think of us as we look to improve the financial outlook for other families in need.

Third-Party Microfinance Opportunities

Kiva is a third-party provider of microfinance opportunities for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. If you would like more information about Kiva, please click on the Kiva icon below.

Click on the Kiva icon below for Microfinance Opportunities


Education and Training

Children and the Horror of War

The Hope of Peace Foundation has provided funds to two kindergarten teachers to attend a conference, teaching them how to help children who have been traumatized by war.

While the fighting between the Palestinians and Israelis is not a full-scale war, tensions are high and intense fighting can break-out at any minute. Children in particular are not only at risk physically but also psychosocially and emotionally.

The training was provided by War Child of Holland.

Your support has made it possible to help children, particularly girls, who are forced to live in such a dangerous situation. Children should have the right to grow-up in an environment that is free from fear and violence.


To promote peace and harmony by building bridges between Palestinians and Israelis, through programs that bring hope and tangible change both to individuals and communities.


Our vision is to see love and acceptance replace hatred and fear between Palestinians and Israelis.


We value honest and authentic relationships, not favoring one community over another. We believe that each person is unique and important and we support equality between Palestinians and Israelis and between men and women. Action and not just talk is important if peace is to occur.


Hope of Peace Foundation is a U.S., 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization

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