Between 2011 and 2015, Ruwwad’s regional expansion took place through Aramex, as a main partner corporation, and a network of entrepreneurs. This is the story of the Ruwwad Palestine Project.
Fadi Ghandour paved the way for expansion to Budrus in Palestine after his talk in TEDxRamallah about Ruwwad in 2011. Ayed Murrar, a community leader who was interviewed in the documentary film “Budrus” and who was present at the talk, launched a conversation with Fadi, which soon enough led to the creation of a small youth fund for Budrus, in partnership with Aramex’s West Bank manager, Wael Qassees. By 2014, the Fund was enabling 89 youths to access education in universities and colleges in exchange for community service hours in Budrus and four surrounding villages: Qibya, Shiqba, Ni’lin and Der Qiddis. All four villages are located in the Zone C area, where the land has been eroded due to the “Israeli” separation wall and the expansion of Mudi Ein, one of the biggest Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In 2015, the number of beneficiaries reached 150 scholars.