House of Hope: Waldorf-inspired school in Palestine

Support KBOO in the 2019 Give! Guide and help us reach our goal by Dec. 31st

Hosted by: 
Produced by: 
Air date: 
Fri, 09/22/2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am
House of Hope in Palestine

Manar Wahhab Vosgueritchian is a Palestinian peace worker and co-founder of House of Hope, an elementary school and community center in the West Bank village of Bethany/ Al-Eizariya. Manar provides art and music therapy to young Palestinian students at House of Hope, most of whom struggle with trauma from the surrounding conflict. Since opening House of Hope in 2008 with her husband, Milad Vosgueritchian, over 10,000 children and women from surrounding villages have participated in community events, such as summer school, vocational training and trauma support circles organized by Manar.


Thea Tova is a Jewish mother, writer and fundraising volunteer for House of Hope. Thea first learned about House of Hope when Manar and her husband Milad spoke at her synagogue about the healing power of love. She is deeply honored to support the life giving peace work of Manar and Milad, and the children and women they serve.

About House of Hope
House of Hope (locally referred to as Vision Association for Culture and Arts or VACA) provides low- income Muslim and Christian Palestinian ages 3 - 10 with Waldorf-inspired elementary education and trauma counseling. House of Hope students, who are growing up amidst a violent political conflict, learn healthy coping skills, like Nonviolent Communication (NVC), an internationally acclaimed method for transforming habitual or emerging responses to trauma and injustice. A new website for House of Hope will be launched within two months. For information on how to donate to House of Hope, please visit

Download audio file