The peaceful Palestinian village of al-Aqaba is challenged not only by risks of house demolitions but also daily Israeli military training too near the village. This is a challenging environment for children to grow up in - and this is where the colorful, vibrant kindergarten in the village center plays a vital role. This beating heart of the village turned out to also be the guardian of the village in Israel's High Court. Join us to provide monthly scholarships to all the kindergarten students
For 15 years, the kindergarten we built brought children from nearby towns to learn in a wonderful school with experienced teachers who give their all. When the Palestinian Ministry of Education opened a kindergarten nearby in Area A, many parents opted for tuition-free education. Falling enrollment put teachers' salaries at risk. The Ministry offered to run Al Aqaba's private kindergarten if we install their staff and fire ours. Instead, let's make our kindergarten free with breakfast too!
Your support for scholarships will secure the budget for the kindergarten for the coming months. It will assure the children the stability of schools, building social and learning skills for their educational future. Your support will also grant the village breathing room to create a sustainable solution for the kindergarten, continuing to bring families and the various rural communities together, connecting the villagers to the world to meet their challenges through international support.
Kindergarten scholarships are just the start. Our independent kindergarten is exploring partnerships with the neighboring teacher colleges at American University and Al Najah University. Once certified, Al Aqaba's guesthouse can welcome 5-7 student-teachers each semester! Teachers emissaries from around the world will learn from the best, expand the horizons of the children and families of Al Aqaba and the whole area, and keep the village safe from demolition by living and working there.