Dear Friends, I am writing to update you about the status of this project and let you know about important upcoming milestones related to our Birthing Center project.
First, our birthing center project is so close to fruition, just $800 to reach the Rebuilding Alliance portion of our fundraising goal. Why the Rebuilding Alliance portion? You may remember that altogether, this is a rather large project involving both training and equipment. Your donation helps pay for the training side of the project. Separately, there is a Rotary Matching grant proposal to fund the equipment side of the project with about seven Rotary Clubs (including the new Rotary Club of Ramallah and the Rotary Club of Nazareth) donating the first tier of matching funds. Just one or two more Rotary Clubs are needed to contribute funds and then their application will be sent to Rotary International to close the matching grant.
We will soon begin arranging a trip to Al Aqaba to coincide with the equipment installation and medical training on site. We look forward to arranging this trip through Green Olive Tours -- with travel through the West Bank and Israel, hosted in part by the Rotary clubs in both places. I look forward to sending you more information about this soon!
Right now, our plan is to install the birthing center in the Al Aqaba Medical Clinic (4 rooms plus reception area), however, our little birthing center could be the start of something much bigger. In the week ahead, Donna Baranski-Walker, our Executive Director, will travel to Jerusalem to meet with the office of the Latin Patriarch and their attorneys at the St. Ives Human Rights Center to ask them to lease the Vatican Land adjacent to Al Aqaba village to build a Rehabilitation Hospital. Let's hold on to big hopes -- our birthing center may eventually be part of a much larger hospital, and the village of Al Aqaba will see dreams realized instead of demolition orders.
Thank you again for your support, and your patience.
I have some exciting news about the birthing center. Because of your continued support and donations, this project is nearly fully funded!
In addition, the Rotary Club Matching Grant which is for the birthing center equipment (ultra-sound, heart-monitors, etc.), has now been sponsored by seven Rotary Clubs in the United States, Palestine, and Israel. That matching grant application, a sister grant to the birthing center training provided through your donations to GlobalGiving, now moves forward for review at Rotary International. In total, both grants will make this is a $58,000 project! We look forward to approval in a few months time.
If all goes well, the equipment will arrive in the spring and training at the birthing center will commence shortly thereafter. Would you like to travel there to join them? We are organizing a tour in April or May, 2012 to visit the Holyland and stay in Al Aqaba while this training gets underway. If you are interested in learning more about this tour, please let me know!
Thank you for your continuing support in helping fund this project. Through your generosity, Palestinian families of Area C in the West Bank will have a birthing center, in'shalah, equipped and staffed, to provide family-centered birthing assistance in addition to pre and post-natal care for mothers and children.
Rudolfo San Miguel Rebuilding Alliance GlobalGiving Coordinator
By Donna Baranski-Walker | Founder & Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance
Al Aqaba schoolchildren with their origami
Thank you so much for your past support of Rebuilding Alliance's workl We've used every dollar donated to remarkable results. I ask for your help once again.
In just a few hours time, GlobalGIving will match by 30% every dollar donated, up to $1000. They have $100,000 to give away in just 24hrs on Wednesday Oct. 19th, Eastern Time.
We need your help to rebuild Palestinian homes, schools, playgrounds, libraries. This Birthing Center project is just $2,215 from being fully funded!
Please donate as early in the day as you can, before the funds run out.
Questions, suggestions? Please call me at 650-325-4663.
P.S. Your donation, large or small, really matters. GlobalGiving is providing a grant to the project with the most donors, and also a grant to the project that raises the most donations. We can do it... last time Rebuilding Alliance came in second. This time, help us to win!
P.P.S. One of our earlier GG Match projects helped create housing for teachers in Al Aqaba village. Here are photos of the Japanese teacher who came this past Sunday to give the children an overview of Japan!
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