Abir's Garden Playgrounds for a Safe Place to Grow

by Rebuilding Alliance
May 3, 2011

Al Samoa-Simy kindergarten has broken ground!

Abir's Garden taking shape! Notice the plantings

Hello everyone!

My name is Rudolfo San Miguel. I have been volunteering with Rebuilding Alliance for close to a year now, and I am proud of the work we have done.  I am delighted to be invited to join the staff part-time to provide monthly status reports for each of our projects on GlobalGiving.  My background is in Technical and Professional Writing.  When deciding on a career path, I felt the need to focus my work in support of important nonprofits like the Rebuilding Alliance.

Rebuilding Alliance would like to inform everyone that a new Abir’s Garden Playground has broken ground in Al Samoa-Simia, and Phase 1 is completed! The land was leveled.  The brick, concrete, and marble stone was delivered.  Walkways have been laid and small walls now frame the garden area, please see the photos attached including the plans for the whole garden.  Phase 2 focuses on construction of a pool (this is our first Abir's Garden that is planning a pool!)   Phase 3 will install the seating area for Moms and Dads and the play area for the little ones, with toys for imagination and active play to be used throughout the garden.  

We have great news!  When Rebuilding Alliance asked Susan Abulhawa, founder of  “Playgrounds for Palestine,” for advice about our project, we connected Susan to Yusri from Combatants for Peace. As a result, "Playgrounds for Palestine" will be contributing the playground equipment for this project, matching our donation with one of their own!!!  Everyone is thrilled!

Yusri and Combatants for Peace will get back to us soon with dates for the opening ceremony in June!

Soon we will turn our fund raising towards the next Abir's Garden project.   I am in the process of making changes to our project scope on Global Giving and will increase our financial goal to reflect this purpose.  These playgrounds help us send a message of hope to children and families, showing an at-risk community that Combatants for Peace cares, and so do we.

Thank you again for helping to build peace through deeds as well as words. Please feel free to send me your comments or questions by replying to this message.


Global GIving Project Coordinator

PS: The "Combatants for Peace" team promised they will include pictures of people along with the construction work.

Quite a walkway
Quite a walkway
Garden area near front gate
Garden area near front gate
Palm tree and drip irrigation
Palm tree and drip irrigation
Landscape Plans
Landscape Plans



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Rebuilding Alliance

Location: Burlingame, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.rebuildingalliance.org
Project Leader:
Donna Baranski-walker
Executive Director
Burlingame, California United States

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