House of Hope is an Arabic-language, trauma-informed elementary school in the West Bank village of Al Eizariya. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s Beloved Community and commitment to nonviolence, House of Hope is the only emerging Waldorf school in the West Bank.
Surrounded by regional violence and household poverty, Palestinian children face immense stress and hardship. That’s why House of Hope strives to deliver trauma-informed, holistic education in the West Bank.
Creating Classrooms That Heal
Founded in 2008, House of Hope’s mission is to address trauma-induced obstacles to learning and nurture Palestinian children to become the next generation of leaders in their community.
Despite the prevalence of trauma and toxic stress in the West Bank, the Palestinian public education system is ill-equipped to address its effects. Instead, Palestinian NGOs, like House of Hope, are filling the gap. Teachings include art, music expression, therapeutic body movements and other self-esteem affirming activities not found in public schools.
House of Hope is deeply inspired by the Waldorf education movement. In 2019, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education recognized House of Hope as the first and only Waldorf kindergarten in the West Bank.
Practicing Nonviolence and Nurturing Self Esteem
By helping children develop healthy, nonviolent coping skills, House of Hope inspires the next generation of community leaders dedicated to peace and community wellness. House of Hope students learn NonViolence Communication (NVC), a healing approach to conflict resolution that gives them the skills to understand what triggers them and transform their habitual or emerging responses to the injustices they experience.
The impact of House of Hope’s life-giving work is documented by teachers who report students’ individual achievement in behavioral and academic areas. Many children start their time at House of Hope quiet and withdrawn, and with time, engage with their classmates and teachers and achieve academic goals.
House of Hope is a non-political, non-governmental organization and is registered with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Culture. Learn more below in House of Hope’s 2019 Annual Report.