Dec 9, 2020

Mini Update: Our Townhall with Congressman Pocan

Rebuilding Alliance recently cosponsored a virtual townhall with American Muslims for Palestine featuring Congressman Mark Pocan. Among other things, the townhall addressed how COVID-19 is impacting Gaza hospitals. The General Director of Al Awda Hospital (part of the Union of Healthcare Workers Committees), Dr. Ahmed Mhanna, was one of the featured speakers. Al Awda Hospital is one of our NGO partners. Thanks to your donations, they received PPE's, COVID-19 test kits, and medicines before the outbreak in August.

Watch the Townhall

In February, Representatives Pocan and Dingell led a letter to Secretary Pompeo urging him to restore aid to Gaza, which includes medical aid. Although Rebuilding Alliance has the support of many generous and caring people like you, we can't support Gaza hospitals in a vacuum. Medical aid from the U.S. would make an immense difference in all COVID-19 relief efforts, including Rebuilding Alliance's. Our next step is to brainstorm with the other groups doing Palestinian COVID relief efforts who are based around our area in Redwood City, California. It would be useful to combine our responses now in this time of emergency.

Thank you so much for your support. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know at contact@rebuildingalliance.org.

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Nov 20, 2020

Gardens and ... Sheep?

Mrs. Najah at the gardening shop
Mrs. Najah at the gardening shop

I'm so happy to be writing another report for you about Gardens. Goats, and More. I joined Rebuilding Alliance in March, and this is the first project I helped build from the ground up. This upcoming December 1st is also my first time participating in Giving Tuesday! I'm so excited, and I hope you'll join us. More information on that below.

Since we have yet to meet our project's fundraising goal, Rebuilding Alliance started with a pilot project with one of our local NGO partners, Women Programs Center Rafah (WPC-R). They selected 4 families as beneficiaries. According to executive director, Mrs. Najah Ayash, "Families who were already clients of the Center were contacted by phone to fill out an application. Their qualification for the program depended on their poverty level, availability of space for cultivation and raising sheep, and practical experience."

Because WPC-R has done similar projects in the past, families will receive expert guidance to make sure their crops and animals can flourish for a long time. Per our last report, our field visit with the Agricultural Development Association in Palestine (PARC) emphasized that expert support is essential to the success of small-scale agricultural projects. 

A few weeks ago, Mrs. Najah personally visited all the families to check on their well-being and see the space where they will cultivate their crops and livestock. She determined that some families have enough space for sheep. Because of price and maintenance, sheep will be much more practical than goats. Mrs. Najah then shopped for gardening supplies with two of the beneficiaries. One of the beneficiaries pictured here, Rania, also works at WPC-R to help support her family as the only breadwinner.  We're hoping this training will lead her to become the project manager as the Garden and Goats program expands.

Add Giving Tuesday to Your Calendar

Please keep these families in your thoughts as Giving Tuesday launches on December 1st. GlobalGiving is distributing $1,000,000 across all participating projects. Funds will be distributed proportionally based on final fundraising totals. In other words, projects with more supporters will earn a bigger slice of the pie. We invite you to join us for this wonderful opportunity. All recurring donations will be matched 100%! 

Thank you for your support,

Sofia

Mrs.  Najah & Rania
Mrs. Najah & Rania
Mrs. Najah and a beneficiary from another family
Mrs. Najah and a beneficiary from another family
This family's yard has plenty of space for sheep
This family's yard has plenty of space for sheep
Another family's yard with lots of usable space
Another family's yard with lots of usable space
Oct 1, 2020

Two more homes in progress and a tuk-tuk

A new home in Oriba, Rafah
A new home in Oriba, Rafah

Our Gaza Emergency Relief Fund has been working to help four families get through significant hardship. We've been working with three Palestinian partner NGO's to fix houses and build a path to sustainable income for each family. Below, each partner is listed before the family they are supporting.

(Women Programs Center-Rafah) The Abu Suhiban family in the Oriba area of Rafah, Gaza has 7 children. The mother is allergic to gluten so besides barely being able to afford food in general, it's hard for them to buy the special bread that keeps her healthy. They have no kitchen, an inadequate bathroom, and no roof. They suffer during the winter season when their house floods during the rains. They only had a nylon tarp for extra protection. In addition to completing their home, the grant will also include appliances, a food basket, and clothing. Their barn will also be fixed so they can raise animals for extra food, and their animals will be safe from rats and other pests. 

(Al Amal Society) The Al-Omour family in the Al-Shouka area has 5 children. Their new house will have a new bathroom, kitchen, and an extra room. They did not have doors or windows so their home was exposed to the elements and animals. Their new home will be much more safe and private. Both the Al Amour and Abu Subihan family will have a new electrical and plumbing system.

(Al Amal Society) A third family, also in Al-Shouka, is nearly ready, but we're waiting until the construction group finishes with the Al-Omour family. Work was slowed down previously. On August 25th, a stay-at-home curfew was put in place in Gaza because cases of COVID beyond quarantine centers into Gaza's neighborhoods. The virus has been relatively contained until now. However, curfew restrictions in this neighborhood have eased since then, and people are allowed to be out between the hours of 8am-8pm. Both families of the Al Amal Society will receive grants for an income-generating endeavor that will provide a steady income for their families. We will let you know more about those businesses in our next report.

(Youth Vision Society) The fourth family is Mr. Khader's family, whom we helped earlier in the year.  We helped him restock and renovate his store. However, restocking his store really did not help -- few have money to pay for these goods.  Our team came up with a plan to help him purchase a tuk-tuk and have the cost repaid over time, fairly and without interest. If you don't know, a tuk-tuk is a type of small open vehicle with a long back like a pickup truck that is used to transport goods. Mr. Khader can make extra income as a tuk-tuk driver. Our Gaza City coordinator, Neveen, told us that tuk-tuks are actually more popular than taxis for transporting goods these days because it's an open vehicle and therefore, it is easier as a driver to meet COVID precautions. 

Thank you for your attention and continued support. Your contribution makes it possible for Rebuilding Alliance partners to provide in-depth intervention.  It has changed lives.

A new roof. Nylon tarps no longer needed.
A new roof. Nylon tarps no longer needed.
Kitchen and bathroom (w/ red tiles) on the left
Kitchen and bathroom (w/ red tiles) on the left

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