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.
Oct 10, 2011

Assuring program success by consolidating projects

The Rebuilding Alliance Team is writing to notify everyone that we are renaming this project to call it “Rebuilding to Remain.”  In addition to down payments, we are now including two other components, mortgage loans and worldwide outreach. All three are required to build and safeguard Homes with Dignity.  

We found a way to fund construction of affordable, eco-friendly homes when banks do not provide financing by both spreading-out + reducing the risk of demolition: many donors, many advocates.   Total construction cost is $33,000/home for a 3 bedroom 119sq.m. home.   Your donation provides a $5,000 down payment, a $15,000 mortgage loan, and $4000 to coordinate worldwide outreach to assure the village their right to issue building permits.  Please note, Al Aqaba Villager's Cooperative Assembly is matching your contribution to $13,000/home.  If home is demolished, the remaining mortgage loan is forgiven.

Please mark your calendar for October 19th, the Global Giving Matching Grant day, and join us with your contribution big or small!   GlobalGiving.org will provide a 30% match that day for each unique donation up to $1000, and they offer an additional grant to the project with the most donations and also the project with the most donors!

Oct 10, 2011

Assuring program success by consolidating projects

The Rebuilding Alliance Team is writing to notify everyone that we are consolidating this project into the “Rebuilding to Remain”  program.   In addition to mortgage loans, we are including downpayments and worldwide outreach. All three are required to build and safeguard Homes with Dignity.  

We found a way to fund construction of affordable, eco-friendly homes when banks do not provide financing by both spreading-out + reducing the risk of demolition: many donors, many advocates.   Total construction cost is $33,000/home for a 3 bedroom 119sq.m. home.   Your donation provides a $5,000 down payment, a $15,000 mortgage loan, and $4000 to coordinate worldwide outreach to assure the village their right to issue building permits.  Please note, Al Aqaba Villager's Cooperative Assembly is matching your contribution to $13,000/home.  If home is demolished, the remaining mortgage loan is forgiven.

Please mark your calendar for October 19th, the Global Giving Matching Grant day, and join us with your contribution to Rebuilding to Remain.  Big or small, GlobalGiving.org will provide a 30% match that day for each unique donation up to $1000, and they offer an additional grant to the project with the most donations and also the project with the most donors!

Oct 10, 2011

Abir's Garden, a Safe place to grow:Donna visits Al Samoa-Simya

Playgrounds for Palestine provided this grant
Playgrounds for Palestine provided this grant

Dear Friend, 

Do you remember our program to help Combatants for Peace build playgrounds in memory of the child, Abir Aramin?  Our work is moving forward.  Donna Baranski-Walker, Founder of Rebuilding Alliance, and Souzan Jaber, Board Member with Rebuilding Alliance, recently visited the Abir’s Garden playground under construction in Al Samoa Simya!  I've asked Donna to tell you more about their trip below.

Also, this past Sunday, Abir Aramin's case was in the news.  Judge Orit Efal-Gabai from the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the Israeli state was responsible for the death of Abir Aramin and must pay her family compensation:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/26/israel-pay-family-compensation-palestinian-girl   In the trial, one of the first questions the Judge had asked of her family is why they choose to build playgrounds in memory of their child, Abir.    Our playgrounds provide a beautiful and living memorial, a commitment to justice, tolerance, and understanding, and a venue to bring Combatants for Peace to meet with children. 

Thank you once again for your generous contribution! None of this would be possible without your donations.

Sincerely,

Rudolfo San Miguel
Social Media Coordinator
Rebuilding Alliance

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Dear Global Giving Donor,  

Souzan Jaber, Rebuilding Alliance Board Member and I recently visited the Palestinian village of Al Samoa Simya where Combatants for Peace is now in stage 3 of constructing the playground, Abir’s Garden: a Safe Place to Grow.

Al Samoa Simya is near the southern-most tip of the West Bank.  To get there from Ramallah, one must go around Jerusalem, adding another hour to a 2 hour trip.  We were lucky to travel with Khalil Saadeh in his pick-up truck on a very hot day, up and down steep back-roads.   We were traveling on Sep. 8th, just after Ramadan, crossing through areas A, B, and C.   Sometime the roads were closed by Israeli soldiers.  We were often passing armored jeeps.  Later we learned that the Israeli Army demolished a group of homes near Al Samoa that day.

Yusri, our primary Palestinian coordinator from Combatants for Peace (C4P) was away in England with Israeli coodinator Yaniv, both part of a 16 member team of C4P members invited to participate in a conflict resolution program and speaking tour.  Mohamed Amer, a C4P member and teacher at a nearby school, joined us at the playground and introduced us to the staff and children. 

It was great to see the new playground equipment in use!   Your donations have paid for the landscaping and will pay for the materials and installation of shade awnings and small fountain in Stages 3 and 4 of this project.  The playground equipment in Stage 2 was provided by an extra grant from Playgrounds for Palestine.  Very exciting and sincerely appreciated!

The Combatants for Peace teams (both Palestinians and Israelis) will be meeting at the Al Samoa Simya kindergarten for a team meeting, then to help complete playground installation, and lastly to hold a formal opening ceremony. Soon, we will ask you to invite your Senators and Representative to join them for the big day. 

Please do feel free to give me a call if you have suggestions or questions.

Sincerely,

Donna Baranski-Walker

Founder and Executive Director
Rebuilding Alliance
650 325 4663

Kindergarteners use this playground daily
Kindergarteners use this playground daily
Afterschool, the whole community comes by
Afterschool, the whole community comes by
This was their first week of school
This was their first week of school
Remember that moment you got out of school?
Remember that moment you got out of school?
Next C4P will installl shade awnings
Next C4P will installl shade awnings
Much easier than the ups and downs of peace making
Much easier than the ups and downs of peace making
C4P member Mohamad, the principal and Donna
C4P member Mohamad, the principal and Donna
Board Member, Souzan Jaber, trying out the slide!
Board Member, Souzan Jaber, trying out the slide!
Delighted to open this park for the community
Delighted to open this park for the community
Principal shows the occupation map near Al Samoa
Principal shows the occupation map near Al Samoa

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