“Rick Steves’ Europe” Travelers Help Build a Library in Palestine

Earlier this year, our traveling community came together to raise money for a good cause: Bright Stars of Bethlehem, an organization that brings together and helps Palestinian youth. More than 600 of you responded to my matching challenge, and I sent a check to Bright Stars for $50,000. Together, we made a huge difference. Thank you!

Bright Stars recently sent me an update on this initiative. Thanks in part to our efforts, a new library is under construction at Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture. The library, which will be a green building, will make it easier for Palestinians to use books and other media, with equal access for men and women.

I’m so grateful to all of you who participated in this effort. Thinking about how this money will help in such a troubled region brings me real joy. Thanks again for your support and compassion — and happy travels!