Rebuilding to Remain in Palestine

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Summary

Thirty families from Al Aqaba Village asked your help to build affordable homes on the land they own. 95% of this Palestinian West Bank Village was under demolition order by the Israeli Army. Families want to return home - otherwise their village will cease to exist. Families invested savings and Rebuilding Alliance helped build 3 houses. 4 more families built and 15 are underway. Next, we applied for Political Risk Insurance to help them build more homes, launched mobile app to keep them safe

$90,670.88
total raised
559
donors
0
monthly donors
6
years

Challenge

Refusal to approve Palestinian town plans or issue building permits is now de facto policy in the 62% of the West Bank solely controlled by Israel. Demolitions are a very real risk. The Israeli Human Rights Group BIMKOM.org received Israeli Army data in 2010 showing over 12,500 demolition orders against Palestinian homes, schools, and shops. Al Aqaba's lawyers say Demolition Orders never get reversed. Families who hold title to their Al Aqaba land are ready to build homes despite the risk.

Solution

Rebuilding to Remain helps Palestinian families build their homes on the land they own through democratic planning/design, village-issued building permits, and affordable Islamic-compliant revolving construction loans. The villagers invest their life savings to build homes. We invest in their future and minimize their risk by expanding grassroots advocacy and diplomatic engagement worldwide to keep Al Aqaba standing. Political Risk Insurance, a first in Area C, would offer extra safety.

Long-Term Impact

Our first 3 'Rebuilding to Remain' homes in Al Aqaba stimulated a building spree! Their homes are dreams made real, growing in love & value, giving their town a future, and offering a neighborly model for peace. Though denied the right to apply for Political Risk Insurance, we signed a partnership agmt with a bank willing to join us to help Al Aqaba families finish 15 more homes. Success of our model can help meet the housing needs of the 150,000 Palestinians who live in the West Bank's Area C

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).

Resources

http:/​/​www.rebuildingalliance.org
Youtube Ch.1: Arrival for Arch. Design Charrette
Youtube Ch. 2: Start small, start where it counts
Youtube Ch. 3: Meet the three families
Youtube Ch. 4: Designing affordable homes

Organization Information

Rebuilding Alliance

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

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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