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.
Apr 20, 2011

Frustrating set-back, holding on to Hope

Their schoolbus: vintage minivan,4 trips each way
Their schoolbus: vintage minivan,4 trips each way

Hello everyone!

My name is Rudolfo San Miguel. I have been volunteering with Rebuilding Alliance for close to a year now and I am proud of the work we have done.  I am delighted to now be invited to join the staff part-time to provide monthly status reports for each of our projects on GlobalGiving.  My background is in Technical Writing and Professional Writing and when I decided on a career path, I felt the need to focus my work in support of important nonprofits like the Rebuilding Alliance.

We are still fund raising for the "First Birthing Center in the Jordan River Valley" project with quite a bit of light now showing at the end of the tunnel.  We hope to be able to schedule the equipment purchase and training this coming autumn.   I will soon write to convey new information about the evolving plans. 

However,  I am writing now with news that is not good. 

On Thursday morning, April 7th, kindergartners looked on from their school bus as Israeli soldiers barricaded access to, and then destroyed, several sections of the Peace Road, the main road in and out of Al Aqaba village.  Al Aqaba is a tranquil and conflict-free place where villagers have worked together to prevent total demolition repeatedly over the past 20 years.  The walls of earth and bulldozed road means the school bus must now take long detours to get 200 children to their kindergarten and school.

In response, the Rebuilding Alliance is asking everyone to sign our petition called, "Open the Road to Al Aqaba, Pave the Road to Peace."  Our goal is to ask our elected official to contact the Israeli Embassy and urge the State of Israel to fix what their army destroyed.   Please sign the petition -- and if you can, please call the senior staffer for foreign policy at your legislator's office.  Let's get that road fixed by the end of summer.

Sign here:  http://www.change.org/petitions/open-the-road-to-al-aqaba-brpave-the-road-to-peace

Please call me at 1 650 325-4663 or email me at Rudolfo@RebuildingAlliance.org as questions arise.  You can learn more about the situation by reading our web page, www.RebuildingAlliance.org.

I hope despite this set-back, you will continue to hold on to the dream of establishing the first Palestinian birthing center in the Jordan Valley, Area C of the West Bank.  I know the villagers deeply appreciate your commitment to them in this time of challenge and need.

Sincerely,

Rudolfo San Miguel

P.S.: Remember, this project provides equipment and training to expand the capability of the existing medical clinic in Al Aqaba. This is not about construction, but instead about enhanced capability. The birthing center we envision will be a part of the existing small medical clinic in Al Aqaba and we hope it will serve families throughout Area C.

Peace Road is the main road to the village
Peace Road is the main road to the village
Children waiting in line to go home
Children waiting in line to go home
Afterwards,Village Council asked Army why?
Afterwards,Village Council asked Army why?
Israeli Army bulldozer ripping Peace Road apart
Israeli Army bulldozer ripping Peace Road apart
They even knocked down the light poles
They even knocked down the light poles
Army closed whole area, stopped schoolbus
Army closed whole area, stopped schoolbus
Let
Let's get the road opened and paved soon

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Mar 4, 2011

A change in course

Metal Net already installed behind one goal
Metal Net already installed behind one goal

Greetings everyone!

I bring you big news concerning Beam of Light project at the Unity Youth Field Soccer field. As always, I would like to thank you for your generous donations that have made this project possible. I am writing to update you on the current status of the project and a necessary change in course for the initiative.

Through your support, our initiative, Beam of Light: Ramadan Soccer Tournament in Rafah, has already installed a generator along with a temporary field office at the soccer field, lights along the walkway to the field, and sand to level the field. In addition to your and the Rebuilding Alliance’s efforts, the Rachel Corrie Sports Initiative (RCSI) was able to add a children’s beach play field next to the main soccer field and a metal net behind one of the goals on the soccer field (see photos).

We recently received an important request from the RCSI board and residents in the Yebnah community.  They asked us to change the plans to add lights for night games. The Israeli Army has not stopped bombing the tunnel area along the border with Egypt.  I am attaching a recent Oxfam report on the situation in Gaza to provide more information.

Our soccer field is also along the border strip, not far from the tunnels. The parents want their children home at night, as far away from the tunnel area as possible. So instead of lights for night games, they proposed using the funds to install a metal net behind the other goal and provided a budget accordingly. These metal nets will keep the ball and the young people away from the tunnel area.

The Rebuilding Alliance earnestly agrees with this request and has transferred $3,170 to our fiscal partner, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, accordingly.  We’ll update the project description accordingly.   Feel free to add you comment and questions by clicking on the comment button below. Also, you can contact me at the Rebuilding Alliance via phone at (650) 325-4663 or by email at contact@rebuildingalliance.org.

As always, your support for this project means you stand with this determined group who clears the field from debris and gives young people, and the community, a place to recover and play! We at the Rebuilding Alliance whole heartily thank you for your whole heartedness.

Sincerely,

Donna Baranski-Walker
Founder and Executive Director of the Rebuilding Alliance,

This huge net keeps ball away from tunnels
This huge net keeps ball away from tunnels
The other goal needs a net too!
The other goal needs a net too!
Young people play soccer every day
Young people play soccer every day

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Jan 31, 2011

Abir's Garden: New Playground in Al Samoa

Rebuilding Alliance is very proud to announce that groundbreaking for our next Abir’s Garden playground will begin in February at the kindergarten in the village of Al Samoa–Simya, near Hebron!  Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace will install walkways, benches, and trees per our $17K project budget. 
 
As our taxi skirted a bumpy stretch of dirt road, I recognized the place where Combatants for Peace had gathered with villagers to dig out a stone and gravel berm, set in place by the Israeli army to block the only road connecting the village to the outside world.  It is everyone’s hope the road remains open.
 
Abir’s Garden will be the first ever community garden in the area, a play space the whole community will enjoy.   Working with the principal, parents, and a landscape architect who lives nearby, Combatants for Peace have developed wonderful landscaping plans for the walled play-area surrounding the new kindergarten. The building itself was funded by the Danish government with children on the first floor and the mother’s cooperative upstairs. Beset by drought and high unemployment, the community hopes to eventually extend the project to include a community swimming pool!
Meeting with Combatants for Peace and Al Samoa Educators Confirming the site plans for our next Abir's Garden, starting soon in the West Bank village of Al Samoa-Simya near Hebron.
 
Thank you for your continued support as your support is helping rebuild communities and bring people together in hard times!
Confirming plans for the new garden in Al Samoa!
Confirming plans for the new garden in Al Samoa!

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