Before & After

Dear Friends,

We have returned. We had our final day in the Garden on Thursday 13th August. After much moving of weeds, earth, rocks, and gravel our work on the garden has come to an end. With the time and resources available we have put all our energy into creating a foundation and structure, the beginning of a garden that will grow and develop in the coming years.

Below is a breakdown of some of the elements we focused on with images of before and after. We will post more information very soon, thank you again everyone for your support, we could not have achieved this without you,

Miriam, Melissa and Ronald

Creating the structure

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Online Gallery

AsadDear Friends,

Here is a photo taken by Asad, one of the students at the school. Please go to project 2009 to view the Online Gallery to see other images taken and selected by the students.

The Garden

Dear Friends,

Finally here are some of the images and info updating you on our progress in the garden. The three of us (Miriam, Melissa and Ronald) along with Palestinian architect, Rawan Serhan arrived at Al Shurooq School about 2 weeks ago and have been in the garden ever since. We have been working together with the kids at the school, and have had a variety of drop in volunteers who have offered their support.Kids_working

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VolunteersDear friends,

For the last week the three of us have been based in Jenin, in the north of the West Bank. We joined a group of about 20+ volunteers in helping renovate a guesthouse (the oldest house in Jenin) that is part of the Cinema Jenin project. Dr. Ali Dabbagh has also commenced his mobile eye clinic here and it has been a huge success so far, numbers attending the clinic tripling over the course for the week, exceeding all expectations. While here, we attended the premier of The Freedom Theatre’s latest production ‘Fragments of Palestine’, in Jenin Refugee camp.

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On our way…

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank everyone again for their fantastic ongoing support. Since the fundraiser gig on June 6th the figure raised has increased to £2105.34. We have made a donation to Oyooni Mobile Eye Clinic in the amount of £500 to go towards the cost of purchasing the autorefractometer, which is essential in assessing Al-Shurooq children’s vision/blindness degree –

We leave tomorrow morning for Palestine and so the journey will begin. We will try to keep you all updated as much as possible on how the project is going depending on access to internet.

Many thanks again,
See you all very soon,

Miriam, Melissa and Ronald


Dear Friends,
We would like to thank everyone who attended the El Bassar Fundraiser Gig last weekend for their amazing support and for sharing such an enjoyable evening!

We would also like to thank sincerely all the bands who provded inspiring entertainment, Alan our sound man, the Mosque Kitchen, Kebab Mahal, and Susie’s diner for the wonderful food, all the volunteers who helped out on the night, and also the many sponsors who donated raffle prizes.

From this event we managed to raised £1,521.32 for Palestine, we could not have done this without your support.

Please keep an eye on this blog for further information on how the project develops.

Miriam, Melissa and Ronald


Tickets on sale now…

All proceeds raised go directly towards the capital costs of creating the garden at Al-Shurooq school for Blind Children, Palestine


El Bassar is holding it’s first fundraiser Gig on 06 June 2009. Tickets for the event are on sale from Avalanche records, Cockburn Street and Blue Blazer, Spittal St. (£10- £8 concession)

All the money from this event will go towards landscaping a sensory garden at Al-Shurooq School for Blind Children, Palestine. Please support this worthy cause, by buying ticktes for the event today!

For any queries please contact us at:

Charity Music Event

El bassar is running a Fundraiser Gig to raise money for materials for the two week landscaping/art project happening this July 2009 and also for equipment for the Oyoonai Mobile eye Clinic founded by Dr. Ali Dabbagh

Fundraising event for Palestine



Withered Hand


My Kappa Roots

Rob St John

Little Pebble

TIME: 7.00pm – 12.00am
6 June 2009 (doors open 6.30)
Old St. Paul’s, Jeffery Street, Edinburgh

Tickets: £10 (£8 concession)
on sale from
Avalanche, Cockburn Street
Blue Blazer, Spittal Street