The Palestinian village of Al Aqaba, a model village, is challenged by Israeli military training nearby, threat of house demolitions, and now the Covid-19 pandemic. Their vibrant kindergarten plays a vital role for vulnerable children and their families. It is the beating heart and guardian of the village, protecting it from demolition per a ruling from Israel's High Court. Provide scholarships for Al Aqaba's kindergarteners. Give them a great start & keep this peaceful village standing.
For 16 years, the kindergarten that Rebuilding Alliance built has brought children from Al Aqaba and nearby towns to learn in a wonderful school with experienced teachers who give their all. Because of it, in 2008, Israel's High Court ruled 'for the time being, the center of the village will remain standing'. Covid-19 has created a financial crisis, as villagers have lost their jobs so are unable to afford tuition. Assuring the continued viability of our kindergarten is more important than ever.
Your support for scholarships and a breakfast program gives a healthy start to children who are most in need, building social and learning skills for their educational future. Your support also gives the village stability as it sails through a storm of new Israeli military orders designed to destroy all they've worked for. The school is isolated now; the stream of visitors to the Al Haq (Truth) Kindergarten that provided continuing legal and international advocacy is gone. Now they rely on us.
Al Aqaba kindergarten was built in 2004. Many graduates have gone on to university and become highly valued members of the community. Now, our independent kindergarten is learning and developing best practices with an international network of teachers coping with the same challenges of learning under COVID-19. Scholarships will enable the Kindergarten to continue nurturing and enriching the children and families of Al Aqaba and beyond, while keeping the village viable and safe from demolition.
This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).
Building Dreams by Hala AsSayed (Arabic & English)
Student Teacher Morgan Bach about life in Al Aqaba