Ibn Rush'd Entrepreneurs Program for Area C Youth

by Rebuilding Alliance


Named for the 12th century Islamic philosopher who believed in rationalism over fundamentalism, the Ibn Rush'd Library serves the youth of Al Aqaba Village and the neighboring countryside. With 5000 books, the talented librarian provides reading programs for children and a hub for career services to teens. The library's new entrepreneurship program is focused on food production. Youth are writing a business plan for frozen vegetable sales and doing taste tests for goat's milk ice cream.
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The Village of Al Aqaba, a Palestinian village in the West Bank's Jordan Valley, is becoming a hub for learning - but unemployment is very high here in Area C and nearly all homes are under demolition order. The Ibn Rush'd Library, determined to help children become their best, has launched an Entrepreneurship program with enthusiastic participation by new high school graduates & college students. Help them grow ideas into business successes through mentoring, field trips, & market research.


Children and young people who are experiencing the very real trauma of home demolitions in their neighborhood need a welcoming and encouraging place. The books in English & Arabic at the Ibn Rush'd Library +computers provide educational opportunities to grow. By including entrepreneurship classes, young people learn directly from community leaders & visitors, while researching and testing out their own business ideas. If their business ideas make sense, they'll find funding for their new jobs.

Long-Term Impact

This vibrant library is a vital part of Al Aqaba's education program, in a village that sees the education of all the children as key to bringing the world together for peace. This village is deeply engaged in entrepreneurship through its herbal tea factory, cheese factory, brick factory and guesthouse. Your support will expand the entrepreneurship program to help each youth team explore career opportunities and build business acumen in new ventures: new skills, more jobs, brighter future.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).


About Rebuilding Alliance
About the Ibn Rush'd Library in Al Aqaba Village
1st Proposal from first groups: Frozen Veggies

Organization Information

Rebuilding Alliance

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

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