Daily Hugz is a safe space

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Daily Hugz is an established resource for the underprivileged in Palestine. Also, it is a cultural touchstone and model for Palestinian traditions of hospitality and kindness. Our work is supported by people around the world. Their charitable donations provide food and care for rescued animals and offer a growing number of programs for children in need. Daily Hugz is a safe space and our doors are open.

Maad Abu-Ghazalah founder of Daily Hugz

Maad and animals from Daily Hugz

The founder of Daily Hugz is Maad Abu-Ghazalah. He has deep roots in Nablus, Palestine. Maad’s history led him to want to give something back to the country, its people, and animals during a time of great hardship for all. In 2014, he bought an olive grove in the village of Asirah al-Shimaliyah and set about building Daily Hugz. Maad began the effort to establish what is today a safe space for animals and kids

The accomplished Maad has made since 2014 is extraordinary. He has built a small house, a vegetable garden; and a playground with a pirate ship, and a slide for visiting children. Maad also designed and built a Roman-style amphitheater for cultural events, animal barns, and a swimming pool. All of these phenomenol projects, completed within a short time, are a demonstration of both Maad’s dedication and the love of his neighbors.

Maad’s house

There is much still to be done to complete Maad’s amazing dream. The stonework castle he dreamed of has yet to be built, and Hugz still needs its own bus to bring children to visit.

Houdini the donkey and his first true love

Maad Runs with donkey
Most people jog with their dog, but Maad jogs with his donkey

Daily Hugz soon welcomed its first animal resident, Houdini the donkey. He’d been beaten and blinded but was determined to live. Although he passed his days grazing peacefully at hugs, his true love was Habiba, a donkey that was rescued a year later. Houdini was joined by Olive, a lovely shepherd dog who was the first ambassador to visiting children, teaching them not to fear her as they’d been taught by adults. These two rescues laid the foundation for many more to come. 

Daily Hugz is a safe place to play and interact

As local knowledge about Hugz grew, people reported animals in need.  Some animals, like Boss the dog, arrived on their own. Likewise, area kindergartens, refugee camps and schools for special needs children were happy to bring their students to this safe and peaceful space in the hills above the village to play and interact with the animals.

Olive Oil Festival

Beautiful Date Harvest

In 2017, Daily Hugz presented the first annual Olive Harvest Festival for Asira. The amphitheater hosted the local mayor and cultural events including dancing, soapmaking and traditional olive pressing, as well as a cooking competition.  They also welcomed Daily Hugz first official visitors from abroad, who were able to share in the life and culture of Daily Hugz and Palestine. Visitor’s saw that Daily Hugz is a safe space.

Are you interested in attending Daily Hugz next Olive Harvest Festival in October, 2020?  It is an amazing opportunity not fered anywhere else.  Limited space available.

Take action and donate

Provide a generous donation so Daily Hugz can continue to save animals and provide a safe place for children to play and interact with animals in the West Bank, Palestine.  Additionally, you can help Daily Hugz purchase a minivan so they can transport children to their facility.  

Animal Sponsorship Progam

Imagine how difficult it is to get animals help in the US. Can you believe what an amazing job Maad has done to help local animals? He has partnered with a local animal rescue with veterinarian care and made all thing possible. They just need your help. Take a moment and sponsor an animal in need. $15 to $50 a month can help them receive food, veterinary care, and the grooming care they need.

Maad Palestinia Oil

Purchase Palestina Olive Oil and receive a US tax deduction. There is a limited supply left for 2020. Currently the Olive Oil is only shipped to the United States.

This olive oil is so pure that lab testing returned results of 519 mg/kg polyphenols.

Daily Hugz is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. US contributions are tax-deductible.

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