Come and meet Nehad Fattah and Patrick Levy, the Israeli and Palestinian coordinators of Healing Across The Divides — an organization whose goal is to improve the health of marginalized people living in Israel and the West Bank via community-based intervention. By providing grants for three-year projects that will operate simultaneously on both sides of the fence, serve as a platform for relationship building between communities and practitioners, and produce measurable improved health for Israelis and Palestinians, HATD hopes to promote a resolution to the conflict. In the meeting, we will learn more about the organization and the amazing grantees and projects they support, along with how they overcome the unique challenges that they encounter while running such programs.
Patrick Levy has been the Israeli representative of Healing Across The Divides since 2008. Patrick initiated Alumot- Activists with Disability for Social Change in Israel (NFP). Patrick is a consultant for human rights and other non-profit organizations on organizational strategy, peer education, and fundraising in Israel through the Joint Distribution Committee, the New Israel Fund, and other bodies, as well as abroad through the UN. After working as a teacher in Israel, as well as in Jewish schools in France and the United Kingdom, until the late 1980s, he served as executive director of national and international not-profit organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS. Patrick also advises mayors of different cities in Israel, businesses, foundations, and private donors both in the Jewish and Arab communities not just in Israel, but throughout the world.
Nehad Fattah has been the West Bank representative for Healing Across the Divides since 2016. She has over 10 years of experience working with donor-funded projects in the Middle East. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is licensed to practice in the West Bank. In the past, she has worked with the Palestinian Counseling Center, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, La Casa De Las Madres, and San Francisco’s Suicide Prevention Center. Her expertise includes counseling, project management, program reporting, monitoring, and evaluation/impact reporting.