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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.
Dec 31, 2014

Work has begun on the third Abir's Garden Playground

All came together to plan the playground, at last
All came together to plan the playground, at last

Dear Friend,

I am delighted to bring this report to you.   Combatants for Peace and the villagers of Yanun have agreed on a new site for the Abir's Garden Playground, and work has begun at last.  

Muhanad is still the Palestinian coordinator of Combatants for Peace - Tel Aviv/Nablus group,  Maya was the Israeli Coordator when we began but now Michalo has taken that role.  I am getting reports from Michalo and Maya, with Muhanad copied.   Next, we plan to send Ayat, Rebuilding Alliance's Communications and Outereach Officer, to join them for their next building day in Yanun. 

One more thing you'll want to know about Yanun is that it faces very real attacks on people, homes, and crops by the nearby Israeli settler outpost called Givot Olam, a branch of the Itamar settlement.  The attacks were so dangerous that villager evacuated in 2002, to return with the help of Palestinian, Israeli, and International activists.  Now, the Ecumenical Accoumpaniment Program in Palestine and Israel has three or four people living in Yanun and Combatants for Peace continues their work with the village in solidarity to keep them safe.

As we reported in the spring, everyone looked forward to launching the project last June, only to learn that the landowner of the site in the center of the little town revoked permission to use that land.  

  • From Michalo,  "For really long time it didn't happen and we didn't understand why.  A few months ago, we understood that there is also a family from Yanun that rejects the building of the garden.  This family lives now in Jordan and the ground chosen for the playground is on their land.  We also planned an event with the families of Yanun and especially with the children but no one came except the head of the village, Rashed. He said that the families afraid from settlers and don't want a big events."

    Michalo continues: "I'm glad to inform you that the building of the playground finally started. The mayor of "Akraba" gave us another place in Yanun and two weeks ago they start to work on it. On Friday (December  12th) our group "Tel Aviv Nablus" went to meet the families of Yanun and the children, and we played together and imagined how the playground will be.  t was very exciting for all of us.  I'm attaching some photos from this event and from the building of the garden."

  • From Maya, "I am so sorry for the long months that have past until we could finally make our plan happen.  But I'm happy that finally, and not without difficulties, the building of Abir's playground has begun.  As Michal, the new Israeli coordinator wrote in a different mail, the location is different but lovely as well.   This week (Dec. 27th), the first step,of building a short wall around the garden has been finished. The next step is to create a mutual activity for CFP and the people of Yanun, and of course, continue with equipping the playground."
  • From Michalo, "We are planning a big event there soon open to the public, to plant some trees in the garden together and to do a workshop of kites for the children. i will update about the progress of the garden and our activities there."
Thank you again for your support of the Abir's Garden Playground project. Rebuilding Alliance's mission is to help rebuild war-torn communities and make them safe.  We are very proud to partner with Combatants for Peace in their support of the Village of Yanun.   I know you join me in wishing the people of Yanun and Combatants for Peace the very best as they continue this important project on behalf of the children of Yanun. 

Sincere best wishes for a Happy New Year,
Donna
What better way to plan a playground than to play
What better way to plan a playground than to play
The right spot for a playground
The right spot for a playground
This Abir
This Abir's garden will be a safe place to grow
Everything was ready for Phase 1:  the safety wall
Everything was ready for Phase 1: the safety wall
They worked together and finished Phase 1
They worked together and finished Phase 1
The wall is now built!
The wall is now built!
Great to have Phase 1 finished.  The wall is done.
Great to have Phase 1 finished. The wall is done.

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Dec 2, 2014

Tuesday's Matching grant for Ibn Rushd Program

The Ibn Rush
The Ibn Rush'd Library, newly expanded

Dear Friend,

When I last wrote, the library had expanded and we were excited to bring business plan development advisers to work with the Ibn Rush'd Youth Entrepreneurs.   Introductions have been made and first visits have happened —  but we're not quite sure this is a good fit, so we are interviewing a second group of advisers as well.  

Do you know  that our Ibn Rush'd Library and Youth Entrepreneurship program qualifies for the Microsoft Youth Spark Matching Grant?   If you can make a donation today, please do.

Microsoft YouthSpark will match your donation today — Dollar for Dollar — starting at 6am Pacific / 9am Eastern and again at noon Pacific time / 3pm Eastern.  They are giving away $350,000 today but the match will go very quickly, maybe in 5 min so please set your alarm for the exact hour in your time zone.  Note:  Microsoft will match up to $500 per project.

Thank you again for giving wings to the wonderful Ibn Rush'd Library and Entrepreneurship Program.  

Sincerely,

Donna

More space, now that the wall is moved outward
More space, now that the wall is moved outward
The restroom is upgraded, accessible from indoors
The restroom is upgraded, accessible from indoors
Dec 1, 2014

You helped provide kindergarten for 20 children - please donate today to fund them through June

Kindergarteners harvesting olives
Kindergarteners harvesting olives

Dear Friend, 

Of all the work Rebuilding Alliance has done, our most important project has been the Kindergarten of Al Aqaba.  It keeps the whole village standing, attracts the further investment of 20 countries, and is a model for all our work -- but most importantly, our kindergarten provides 160 children with a wonderful education.   Our kindergarten opens its door to the children of Al Aqaba, the nearby villages who don't have kindergartens, and to children who live in the Jordan Valley countryside.  Your donation opens the doors to families who cannot afford the modest tuition.

"Your help gives all children the valuable opportunity to walk on the path of education," said Mayor Haj Sami Sadeq.  "The kindergarten would struggle to stay open were it not for you."

Al Aqaba's Village Council and Al Aqaba's Rural Women's Association thank you for your donations. With your help, through the scholarship grants program, the kindergarten fees for 20 children were covered through the end of November. They believe in your generosity and ask you to continue your support in the months to come. 

We are so proud that this project qualifies for the Microsoft Youth Spark Matching Grant offered on Giving Tuesday! On this Tuesday, Microsoft will give away $350,000 in matching grants for each donation up to $500 per project.  Please set your alarm as  Microsoft YouthSpark will match for Rebuilding Alliance’s project, Dollar for Dollar, starting at 6am PST/ 9am EST and again at noon Pacific / 3pm EST.

The kindergarten now faces a real challenge  in the way that it pays teachers.   Miniumum wage has gone up in Palestine but the basic fees for the kindergarten remain fixed at 100NIS (New Israeli Shekels) per month.  Teacher salaries need to more than double to meet the national standard.   Our team is developing a grant proposal to ask foundation to help address this — I promise to forward a copy in the month to come.

The future of these children and this village starts with the journey of knowledge — it is their highest priority.  Your donation opens a road of peace and hope.  Please donate again on Giving Tuesday.  Thank you. 

Sincerely,

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