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September 20, 2010

Bethlehem University Graduate Receives International Peace Building Award for 2010 From World Vision International

World Vision“Zoughbi Zoughbi, Bethlehem University is honored to have you as a graduate. We have long recognized you as a conflict transformational leader in Palestinian society,” said Philip Daoud, Communications and Alumni Relations Manager at Bethlehem University.

“Congratulations to you and your staff at Wi’am, the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center which you founded in 1994. We’re delighted that World Vision International has recognized you are the 2010 recipient of their Peace Building Award,” said Brother Jack Curran, Vice President for Development, “Your work in promoting restorative justice locally, regionally, and internationally inspires hope for a better future for us all.”

World VisionZoughbi ZoughbiZoughbi Zoughbi is a 1985 graduate of Bethlehem University who went on to earn a Masters in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.  Philip Daoud and Brother Jack represented Bethlehem University at the Peace Building Award Ceremony held in Bethlehem on Sunday afternoon, 19 September 2000.  Gathering at the Wi’am Center, located adjacent to the Israeli-built Separation Wall, were more than 300 local and international dignitaries.  During the ceremony, children from the refugee camps in Bethlehem played in the new Wi’am playground as the Governor of Bethlehem, Abdul Al-Fatah Hamail, Alex Snary, National Director of World Vision for Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza, and others offered words of praise and gratitude to the Wi’am Founder, Zoughbi Zoughbi, and his staff.

Wi’am is the Palestinian Conflict Resolution Center, founded by Zoughbi Zoughbi in 1994. It is not only a place where women, children, youth, and community leaders come together to engage in peaceful conflict resolution and nonviolent resistance strategies, but it is also a community center for sustainable development, empowerment and hope through vocational training, recreational activities, cultural exchanges, and citizen diplomacy. Wi’am also serves as an Internship as well as a Community Service placement center for Bethlehem University students.

For more about Wi’am, visit:

Staff at Wi’am

  • Zoughbi Zoughbi, Founder and Director of Wi’am – Bethlehem University Graduate of 1985
  • Lucy Talgieh, Women’s Program Coordinator – Bethlehem University Graduate of 2003
  • Usama Nicola, Citizen Diplomacy Coordinator
  • Saliba Baddour, Sulha mediator, Job Creation & Children’s Coordinator
  • Usama Rock, Youth Program Coordinator – Bethlehem University Graduate of 2008
  • Roula Salman, Accountant - Bethlehem University Graduate of 2009
  • Imad Nassar, Project Manager - Bethlehem University Graduate of 1987
  • Adnan Talgieh, Sulha Mediator


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