Rebuilding Alliance

Rebuilding Alliance is dedicated to rebuilding war-torn communities and bringing the world together to make them safe. Our vision is a just and enduring peace in Israel and Palestine with equal value, opportunity, and security for all.
Jun 26, 2009

Ramadan in August this year -- let's get the Unity Club Soccer Field ready!

Hi Everyone,

The Unity Club Soccer Ramadan Soccer Tournament begins in August this year.

There's just enough time now to install the lights and even install the portable office (think bathrooms, water, and a small kitchen for snacks). We ask your help.

Please take a look at our new YouTube video and spread the word.

Sincerely, Donna

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Jan 28, 2009

Gaza Soccer Field Survived--Play Means a Lot Right Now

"We were surprised the soccer field is still there – so we checked it over carefully and then the children started coming back to play," Adnan said in Rafah, Gaza. He took our call, stepping out of a soccer game. "Most of the no-man's-zone along the border has new mountains made from bombing but because we struggled so hard to be sure there would be no tunnels through our field, our soccer field is still here -- and it saved the row of homes nearby."

"You have to understand why this is so important right here, right now. The kids are running, playing soccer with friends and neighbors, adults are even joining in. Yes, there is destruction everywhere. A third of the children returning to school have lost family members. Homes in nearby Ybna Refugee Camp (and throughout Rafah and all Gaza) are missing doors, windows are blown out, and many neighborhoods are entirely destroyed. But you have to understand that there is also damage you cannot see, the damage that comes from the panic and fear we all experienced."

"The most important thing is to provide an immediate response to the loss and damage that people have experienced. Our soccer field is bringing us together here, now in a way that touches everyone, responds to everyone, builds our community and makes our connection with one another."

Right now, we ask your help to fund lights for what is now known as the "Unity Club Soccer Field." That will help us bring everyone together for a tournament as soon as possible.

Aug 22, 2008

There is a way to get cement

When the siege prevented all building materials from reaching Gaza, we asked the Al Bahry family if they would consider unconventional building materials, such as shipping containers, as a way to build their home. They worried that unconventional materials might attract too much attention and asked that we find a way to build in the traditional way in Gaza.

A limited supply of cement and concrete is now reaching Gaza. Open market prices are prohibitively high -- but we've learned there is a way for families to register for cement at set prices. The Al Bahry family will be meeting with our project manager soon.

As soon as they select an engineer to draw-up plans for their home, the project moves into full gear, to a place where dreams are made real as they plan each room of their future home.

 
   

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