Meet our activists
Raya Fatayer, 23 years old, was born and raised in Nablus, where she graduated from Al-Najah University, majoring in Media, TV and Radio broadcasting. She spent her teenage years volunteering with local organisations to help her community in the aftermath of the Second Intifada, and continues to be actively involved in conflict resolution.
“To make a positive impact in the community, we need to ensure that young leaders can practice democracy freely and take part in the decision-making process” - Raya Fatayer
Majdi was recruited into Zimam through several events, having showed real potential as a promising future leader. Majdi went on to win Qalqilia municipality elections and took a seat at the municipality council. From 2012-2016, Majdi achieved tremendous results in improving water and electricity services for the citizens, as well as implementing education support programmes for students struggling with their final exams.
"I wish to see more local councils where youth are present. It is time that we had a voice" - Majdi Sabri
ALA’ ALDEEN IBRAHIM
Ala' enrolled into An-Najah University to study Political Science. He did not realise at this point how much he cared about helping others, but he joined the Zimam young leaders programme the day it began on his campus, simply curious to know more. His journey began at the Student Council as a representative of his faculty, but, after attending more and more of Zimam's trainings and workshops, he was then elected to be part of the senior leadership at the University Students Council, representing 25,000 students.
"Thanks to Zimam, I've gained skills, networks and learned strategic thinking. They've taught me how to look forward and how to be responsible, as a citizen and a leader" - Ala' Aldeen Ibrahim
May is a 22-year-old French language major, with a minor in Political Science and a diploma in Education from the University of Birzeit. After receiving a scholarship to study in France, she returned to Palestine and joined Zimam. At the same time, she was working 3 jobs in order to support herself and her siblings. Through hard work and perseverance, she has become the Student President of her faculty at Birzeit, which she describes as her biggest achievement so far.
"The way that Zimam had faith in me gave me faith in myself, and I wouldn't be where I am today without their encouragement and support. Zimam gave me confidence, and the work that they do gives me hope for the future. I urge everyone to push their boundaries and seek success, but also to realise how much stronger we are when we come together. " - May Sliman
Saif Fawaz Aqel is a 20-year-old student from Nablus, and one of Zimam’s up-and-coming leaders, hosting sessions among Nablus activists about the two-state solution, non-violence and civic peace. Thanks in part to the leadership training provided by Zimam, Saif is now a prominent student politician at Al-Najah University, and even staged a sit-in in the center of the city, calling on Palestinian politicians to put aside their divisions and unite in order to build a Palestinian state. Thanks to the work of leaders like Saif, and his colleague Alaa Salous, Zimam’s Nablus chapter is now the biggest in Palestine, with a massive presence on campus, representation on the Student Council, and some of the most creative local campaigns in the West Bank.
“I believe in peace. Peace can be achieved when Palestinians are finally granted self-determination” - Saif Aqel