We have some good news! We have been notified by our friends at Playgrounds for Palestine that they will provide a grant to allows us to begin construction of a third Abir’s Garden Playground right away. Ideally, we would like to use your donations to cover the construction and meeting expenses of Combatants for Peace who will be coming together for this construction.
The “Combatants for Peace” movement was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom. After brandishing weapons for so many years, and having seen one another only through weapon sights, they decided to put down their guns, and to fight for peace. Rebuilding Alliance joined when a child, Abir Aramin, was killed by an Israeli soldier's rubber-coated steel bullet. She was the daughter of CfP founder, Bassam Aramin and his wife Salwa. Together we created Abir's Garden: a Safe Place to Grow as a way to build good in memory of this beautiful child.
Thanks to your help, this will be our 3rd Abir's Garden playground! Our first playground was at Abir's school in Anata East Jerusalem. The next was in Al Samoa Simya in the south of the West Bank. This time we are asking Combatants for Peace to go north — and that means we'll be working with CfP's Northern team for this project. We have a site in mind: right next the Al Aqaba Kindergarten, in a village at risk of demolition in Area C. 'God is in the details' so we will be updating the project description as soon as the new plans are confirmed. More info coming soon!
Please note, GlobalGiving.org is holding their Bonus Matching Grant day on Tuesday Oct. 16th starting at 9:01pm Pacific time. They will give away $50,000 and they way this competition has been going, we expect that to happen in the first 2 hours. If you would like to give, please set your clock — GG will match your donation by 30%.