Dear Friend of the Rural Women's Center,
The Rural Women’s Association (RWA) in Al Aqaba dreamt of building a community center to generate jobs. Imagine 300 women dancing in the wedding hall, with the RWA preparing the banquet! In August, Australian Designer Hana Hakim, Palestinian architect Renad Shequerat, and the RWA worked with us to finalize plans for the Rural Women’s Center — and our designs touched your heart. Together we won GlobalGiving’s Regional Bonus Day!
Your support on the Bonus Day led to a big surprise. That win resulted in an offer by the Catholic Church to lease the Rural Women’s Association a vacant 15th century convent in nearby Tayasir, and RIWAQ Center for Architectural Conservation offered an 80% matching grant for restoration! The Rural Women’s Association is interested and the designers and architect are delighted. Next step: a site visit by the RWA and RIWAQ with the Office of the Latin Patriarchate to explore restoration, discuss terms, and decide how to protect the 3rd Century mosaics there.
Generous donor, what do you think? The new proposal is to transform an abandoned 15th Century century convent into a thriving community center run by the remarkable Al Aqaba Rural Women's Association, the group that has been our partner for nearly 10 years now. It is still very much a green building, but now instead of $200K in project costs, we'll see a significant reduction in costs as well as matching grants and good alliances. Does this work for you?
I look forward to your reply. Feel free to give me a call at (650) 440-9667 if you have any questions or suggestions.
"I think the first sense I had in experiencing the work with Theater of the Oppressed was surprise. It was surprising to feel so many feelings at the same time: excitement, sadness and joy. It was surprising to feel so close to people that only an hour ago where strangers or enemies. For me, TO is a bridge, a surprising bridge.”
Below, I've attached a more detailed description of the theater rationale and also how CfP will extend this to youth, starting with a launch event in Al Aqaba Village and Ein Yanoun soon after.
All good news from Al Aqaba Village. The British Consulate and the Palestinian Welfare Foundation have provided a grant to update the furniture, books, and toys in the Al Haq Kindergarten — very exciting. We had the opportunity to join them when they visited in August for a walk-through. It was wonderful to bring forward Rebuilding Alliance's commitment — we built the Kindergarten and helped it expand in so many ways.
I hope you are as excited as I am by our new scholarship focus for this project! I have asked Mayor Haj Sami Sadeq and Kindergarten Principal Rawheya Alsbaih to tell us about the children who need scholarships and their families. They would like to give 60 children scholarships for Kindergarten — let's do it!
Please GIVE on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd when Microsoft's Youth Spark program will be matching all donations dollar for dollar. Please give as early as you can because their funds will run out quickly. Here's when the matching grant starts:
9:01am Pacific / Noon:01 Eastern / 5:01pm London / 7:01pm Jerusalem time