Healing our homeland begins with our intention to heal ourselves. We are healing our minds, bodies, and souls until and after liberation. We are empowering women and children by providing a safe space for awareness, community, and compassionate support.
Our vision is inspired by the Holy Quran and the thematic messages of justice, responsibility, and ethical consciousness.
In this verse, God brings our attention to the trust between us and our Creator.
We have been entrusted by God with our free will among the endless blessings from Him – our breath, our eyes, our mind, our body, our wealth etc. God warns us against using what he entrusted us with to commit injustice and He demands equity to all.
Meaning in English of verse 58 in the 4th Chapter of the Holy Quran entitled “Women”:
BEHOLD, God bids you deliver all that you have been entrusted with unto those who are entitled thereto, and whenever you judge between people, to judge with justice. Verily, most excellent is what God exhorts you to do: verily, God is all-hearing, all-seeing!
إِنَّ اللّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَن تُؤدُّواْ الأَمَانَاتِ إِلَى أَهْلِهَا وَإِذَا حَكَمْتُم بَيْنَ النَّاسِ أَن تَحْكُمُواْ بِالْعَدْلِ إِنَّ اللّهَ نِعِمَّا يَعِظُكُم بِهِ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ سَمِيعًا بَصِيرًا
We are Palestinian women, who are honored to hold this safe and loving space for our sisters and their children.
“I envision a Palestine that my great grandmother, Um Ali, was born and raised in. A place I only heard of in stories by my mother and father. A place of cooperation, justice, and peace: with an ancestral connection to the land.
Reem M. Elkhaldi, Founder & Executive Director
Reem Monzer Elkhaldi
Founder & Executive Director
Reem was born in Florida, where she currently lives with her husband and two children. She is a Palestinian in diaspora and the daughter of Palestinian refugees born in Gaza. Since 2018, Reem has been consistently collaborating with community lead initiatives throughout the Gaza strip to provide necessities, such as, food, clothing, and shelter to over 1,000 people. As Reem worked closely with those living in the world’s largest open-air prison, she felt an urgency to do more. Reem listened, researched, and prayed on how to resist the overwhelming injustice and oppression that plagues the world. Reem founded Healing our Homeland during her own journey of healing and with the intention to fulfill her ethical duty as a Muslim.
Reem graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a B.A. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. She graduated with her Judicial Doctorate degree from Barry University. She is dedicated to public service on both a local and global level. Among her experience, she served as an Assistant State Attorney in Orlando with a focus on prosecuting sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children. In 2017 she joined the Office of Institutional Equity at UCF as a Title IX Investigator. Reem has been using a trauma informed approach in her practice for the past 10 years. These days, Reem spends her time in nature, nurturing her children, writing her memoir, and investing in Healing our Homeland.
Rana Basem Abu Dalal
Director of Gaza Healing Unit
Rana Basem Abu Dalal was born in Gaza, Palestine. She currently lives in Nusriet refugee camp with her daughter. Rana graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Islamic Studies and Education.
She joined Healing our Homeland because she believes that every human being in this world has a unique purpose, and she wants to empower women and children to reach their potential. Rana embraces her calling and duty to share her experience as a single mother who has lived through numerous attacks by the occupation forces with the world. Rana is dedicated to encouraging women to live in joy and esteem and guide them through self-reflection and healing. She focuses on spiritual/religious counseling, fostering respectful relationships in families and developing emotional intelligence in children. Rana wants Palestinian women to know that their voice is critical, and that this homeland is for them. We hear you and this is where we unify to rise together.
Nour Nabil Abu Dalal
Outreach & Finance Coordinator
Nour is a Palestinian mother to three beautiful children living in the Gaza strip. She was born in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and attended UNRWA schools in Gaza. In 2014, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and English from Al-Azhar University. Nour is committed to encouraging cooperation and compassion in Palestinian society. Over the past few years, she has dedicated her time to helping the poor and needy in her community. Nour joined our team to impact change and help the women of her community and their children in building a safe life without psychological pressures and family violence. Nour aspires to help produce a generation that has the strength and ability to rely on themselves and advance their social and family life.