Rebuilding Alliance

Rebuilding Alliance is dedicated to rebuilding war-torn communities and making them safe. Our vision is a just and enduring peace in Israel and Palestine with equal value, opportunity, and security for all.
Jun 25, 2014

What Abir's Garden can do - today at noon Eastern

CFP Tel Aviv-Nablus group & the people of Yanun
CFP Tel Aviv-Nablus group & the people of Yanun

Dear Friends,

When our Rebuilding Alliance team met with our partners, Combatants for Peace, and the playground designers in March we were planning the third Abir’s Garden Playground.  It was an amazing and productive meeting.   Remarkably, representatives of the Akraba Municipality, a large town nearby, promise to match all the funds we raised for this project!  Akraba Town will provide their staff and equipment to do the earthmoving to complete the first two phases of the project!  

It was remarkable to see the trust everyone placed in one another - Ein Yanun, Combatants for Peace, Akraba Municipatlity and Rebuilding Alliance representing all of you who have supported this work these many years.  Akraba's matching grant means that the cost of this 3rd Abir's Garden playground is fully covered!   Any additional funds we raise now will be for Combatants for Peace's children's theatre program.

Let's make it so.  Today Wednesday, June 25th in just a few hours time, a remarkable a bonus day kicks off with a dollar for dollar match for donations up to $1000.  Today Wednesday, June 25th, Microsoft Youth Spark is giving away $200,000 in matching funds via GlobalGiving — but please note, though the match will go in the first 5 minutes, there is also a bonus for most donors and most total donations.

Please set your alarm today for 9:01am Pacific, 10:01am Mountain, 11:01am Central, or Noon:01pm Eastern.   Please click Scholarships 4 Children, Stipends 4 Young Teachers to give.

As always, please call me if you have questions or suggestions. My phone number is 650 325-4663.

Sincerely,
Donna

Mohanad & Rashed looking at the plans
Mohanad & Rashed looking at the plans
The Combatants for Peace group on site in Yanun
The Combatants for Peace group on site in Yanun
Jun 24, 2014

Palestinian Youth propose new businesses - Bonus Day Wednesday!

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to watch 15 young people, all from Al Aqaba Village, move forward in the Ibn Rush'd Entrepreneurship Club!   They formed the club just before the April Youth Spark competition and here we are with another Bonus Day this week.

These high school graduates (some already in college) are coming together to build one or more businesses that will provide them with jobs.   They meet at Al Aqaba's Ibn Rush'd Library.  First, Librarian Kefah  held meetings with local experts to to help the students learn how to come up with good business ideas.  At both the cheese and tea factories, they interviewed the managers and discussed marketing and management. They also met Mayor Haj Sami Sadiq and Raheya Alsbaih, director of the Rural Women’s Association, both inspiring leaders. 

Then Librarian Kefah invited them to brainstorm their own business ideas.  Among the many projects they thought of, the frozen seasonable vegetables seemed suitable for its minimal budget and resources, especially since the Goat Cheese Factory is receiving new freezers.   Meanwhile, interest is growing around the possibility of bringing a high quality ice cream machine to Al Aqaba for goat milk ice cream.  Their next step:  to learn how to write a business plan.

Meanwhile, Librarian Kefah is working to complete her training as a librarian.  She recently completed training at the Al Bireh Public Library, a remarkable library in the large town next to Ramallah.   She has also been joining cultural training programs in the nearby villages of Tamoun and Al Far'a.

Good news.  This Wednesday June 25th is a bonus day with a dollar for dollar match for donations up to $1000.  On Wednesday, Microsoft Youth Spark is giving away $200,000 in matching funds via GlobalGiving — I think the match will go in the first 5 minutes

If you would like to give, please mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 25th and set your alarm for 9:01am Pacific, 10:01am Mountain, 11:01am Central, or Noon:01pm Eastern.    Please click Ibn Rush'd Entrepreneurs Program for Area C Youth to give.

As always, please call me if you have questions or suggestions.  My phone number is 650 325-4663.

Sincerely,

Donna


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Jun 23, 2014

This Wednesday: Dollar for Dollar match for Kindergarten Scholarships in West Bank Area C

Ayat Omran helping students with Artist Lily Yeh
Ayat Omran helping students with Artist Lily Yeh

Dear Friends,

I am writing to let you know that through your support, 29 needy children were able to attend kindergarten at Al Aqaba's Al Haq Kindergarten this past school year.   We transferred a grant of $5568 in March and that was enough to pay for 7.34 months of school for these 29 students.   February, March, April, May, and June have quickly gone by, and the kindergarteners — including the scholarship students — have celebrated their graduations!   

By the end of summer, Al Aqaba's kindergarten will receive applications for the new class of students.  I write now to ask your help to raise the funds needed to provide scholarships to 30 kindergarten students for all 9 months of their school year.  To do this, we'll need to raise at least $7396 (Tuition is 100NIS/month * 30 students * 9 months less 2.34 months of funds left over from this past year, as we started the scholarship fund mid-year).  If we raise an additional $2000 we will offer stipends to 2 talented student teachers too.

From Mayor Haj Sami Sadeq, "Our Village of Al Aqaba remains safe.  When things are scary, with the sound of military training underway near their homes, our kindergarten building and our teachers offer a good and positive place for the children.  Please know your support for our kindergarten scholarships is more important than ever."

Good news.  This Wednesday June 25th is a bonus day with a dollar for dollar match for donations up to $1000.  On Wednesday, Microsoft Youth Spark is giving away $200,000 in matching funds via GlobalGiving — and I think the match will go in the first 5 minutes

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 25th and set your alarm for 9:01am Pacific, 10:01am Mountain, 11:01am Central, or Noon:01pm Eastern.    Please click Scholarships 4 Children, Stipends 4 Young Teachers to give.

As always, please call me if you have questions or suggestions.  My phone number is 650 325-4663.

Sincerely,

Donna

P.S.  I am delighted to share photos from a recent workshop offered by artists Lily Yeh and Robert Shetterly in Al Aqaba Village.  Rebuilding Alliance's own Ayat Omran helped out that day too, and the next day a wonderful mural took shape outside the Kindergarten!

Artists Lily Yeh and Robert Shetterly in Al Aqaba
Artists Lily Yeh and Robert Shetterly in Al Aqaba
What art can mean: dreams made real
What art can mean: dreams made real
The children who joined the art workshop
The children who joined the art workshop
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