Through the Quakers, we sent funds to EAPPI. Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel was created in 2002 by the World Council of Churches, based on an appeal from local church leaders to create an international presence in the Holy Land. Since then, EAPPI has advocated for justice and peace based on non-violence and a non-partisan approach.
In 2017, the WCC-EAPPI marked 15 years of bringing individuals to accompany people in Palestine and Israel to help navigate their daily routines, often under duress.
These individuals are known as Ecumenical Accompaniers. They are from all age groups. They offer a protective presence to vulnerable communities, monitoring and reporting human rights abuses. They join Palestinians and Israelis who work in non-violent ways for peace, and they interact with a myriad of international, Israeli and Palestinian partners.
The work of EAPPI is of direct interest to the International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner. EAPPI also works with UNICEF, the UN agency working for the protection of children, the non-governmental organization Save the Children and UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. EAPPI also works with international groups and non-government organizations (NGOs) in Israel and Palestine. EAPPI is a member of the Association of International Development Agencies which is based in East Jerusalem. Since then, EAPPI has advocated for justice and peace based on non-violence and a non-partisan approach.