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Ibn Rush'd Entrepreneurs Program for Area C Youth



Named for the 12th century Islamic philosopher who believed in rationalism over fundamentalism, the Ibn Rush'd Library serves the youth of Al Aqaba Village, the neighboring countryside and towns. With 5000 books, the talented librarian provides reading programs for children and a hub for career services to teens who have recently graduated from high school. Please help the library expand the new entrepreneurship program to engage mentors who will help them test market their product ideas.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The Village of Al Aqaba, a Palestinian village in the West Bank's Jordan Valley, is becoming a hub for learning - but unemployment is very high here in Area C and nearly all homes are under demolition order. The Ibn Rush'd Library, determined to help children become their best, has launched an Entrepreneurship program with enthusiastic participation by new high school graduates & college students. Help them grow ideas into business successes through mentoring, field trips, & market research.

How will this project solve this problem?

Children and young people who are experiencing the very real trauma of home demolitions in their neighborhood need a welcoming and encouraging place. The books in English & Arabic at the Ibn Rush'd Library +computers provide educational opportunities to grow. By including entrepreneurship classes, young people learn directly from community leaders & visitors, while researching and testing out their own business ideas. If their business ideas make sense, they'll find funding for their new jobs.

Potential Long Term Impact

This vibrant library is a vital part of Al Aqaba's education program, in a village that sees the education of all the children as key to bringing the world together for peace. This village is deeply engaged in entrepreneurship through its herbal tea factory, cheese factory, brick factory and guesthouse. Your support will expand the entrepreneurship program to help each youth team explore career opportunities and build business acumen in new ventures: new skills, more jobs, brighter future.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $21,445
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $6,595
Total Funding Goal: $28,040

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).


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Project Leader

Donna Baranski-walker

Executive Director
San Mateo, CA United States

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