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Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel

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The Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) is a program of the World Council of Churches (WCC), founded in response to a call from the local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem. The program brings international volunteers to the West Bank to serve as Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs), and since 2002 over 1500 volunteers have served. Read more about becoming an EA.

EAPPI's mission is to to witness life under occupation, engage with local Palestinians and Israelis pursuing a just peace, to change the international community’s involvement in the conflict, urging them to act against injustice in the region.

EAs offer protective presence to vulnerable communities and monitor and report human rights abuses. They join Palestinians and Israelis who work in nonviolent ways for peace and support the local churches. When they return home, EAs use their first-hand experiences to open the eyes of the world to the realities of occupation and campaign for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict based on international law.

You can find out more about EAPPI globally at: www.eappi.org

The National Council of Churches in Australia are honored to be a sending organisation, and are responsible for the recruitment, training and support of EAs from Australia. In Australia EAPPI is administered by a voluntary committee that relates to both the NCCA staff and EAPPI internationally.


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EA's must be aged 25-70 years, of robust physical and emotional health, and dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights. EAs must also be able to commit three months to shared living in the West Bank.  If this sounds like you, we'd love to talk with you more about you beoming an EA! Read more about becoming an Ecumenical Accompanier..

Training is a prerequisite to becoming an EA and is only held once a year. Attending the training does not commit you to becoming an EA, so it can be a good way to learn more about the program and if it's right for you. Training is free of charge, participants must only cover their own transport to and from the venue. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


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We have returned Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) around Australia who would love to come and share their experience with your group.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

You can also read the EAPPI blog with up-to-date news and reflections from EAs currently serving, or read stories from some of our previous Australian EAs:


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Group of 10 or more can organise to visit Ecumenical Accompaniers in the West Bank.  This is a unique opportunity to understand the reality of life in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the effects of the occupation on daily life. Find out more.

 

 

 


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