A message from Donna Baranski-Walker, Executive Director of Rebuilding Alliance:
Happy Thanksgiving! Rebuilding Alliance successfully sent 3,888 backpack kits, school supplies, and children’s books to Gaza and the shipment recently arrived. My permit to enter Gaza was just approved. I fly to Amman Jordan next week to cross Israel and go through the Erez checkpoint and work with our Non Governmental Organization (NGO) partners to deliver the backpack kits to children at 16 schools in the most impacted areas of Gaza. Read more.
#OpenGaza: TrAuma and hope, First hand
us speaking tour: October 12 - November 1
Rebuilding Alliance and the Gaza Mental Health Foundation were honored to host a remarkable U.S. speaking tour called #Open Gaza — Trauma and Hope, First Hand. The tour featured Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, Executive Director of Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, and Ran Goldstein, Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights - Israel.
Our speakers will describe the dire situation of physical and psychological health in Gaza through a lens of personal experience and their important work to provide health care services and to overcome the significant political barriers they face in Israel, Palestine, and Gaza. Children are especially impacted, as shown in the staggering numbers of children killed and injured last summer and the extremely high rates of ongoing traumatic stress. The impact of ongoing violence on psychological health is exacerbated by the ongoing blockade, the destruction and defunding of schools, loss of family members and friends, and stalled reconstruction efforts. We’ll structure each speaking event to also include a few minutes with a Rebuilding Alliance coordinator to help the audience learn a how to contact Congress to press for a tangible and immediate way for Gaza’s children and their families to recover and to also ask them to work on the big policy goal of ending the blockade of Gaza.
Rebuilding Alliance is continuing our work to prevent home demolitions in Area C by supporting the Master Planning Process and by asking congress to intervene.
In September, we brought two families from Umm al Kheir and Susiya to share their stories and ask for American support in their fight to stay on the land that they legally own.
There are many ways that you can help.
Check back in regularly for updates on our work and find ways to get involved.
About Rebuilding Alliance
Rebuilding Alliance is dedicated to helping war-torn neighborhoods rebuild and promoting policy change to make them safe. We start by partnering with Israeli and Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) to help Palestinian communities rebuild, and mobilize support in the United States to make sure our projects stay standing.
We believe construction is the best response to destruction, that rebuilding projects ease trauma, build trust, strengthen peacemakers, advance law, and press officials forward in tangible ways. Since 2003, Rebuilding Alliance has been amplifying the voices of peacemakers and their communities. Together we are becoming a significant voicefor village-centered rebuilding and human rights. If this matters to you, please join us as a member and a donor.
Video release: Martin luther king jr. day - hope for syria
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rebuilding Alliance - working with the Swasia Charity Foundation - invited people of all faiths and backgrounds to send-off a 40 ft. shipping container full of donated shoes, bedding, clothing, and toys to Syrian refugees sheltering in Lebanon. We gathered to quote MLK’s speeches, share lunch, and wish the container well on its journey.
The first Birthing Center and Prenatal clinics in the jordan valley open at last!
At last, after seven years of planning, we opened the Birthing Center Wing at the Emergency Clinic of Ein Al Beida and also the Prenatal Clinic in Al Aqaba Village! Seven SF Bay area Rotary Clubs joined the Rotary Club of Nazareth and the Rotary Club of Ramallah to purchase and send 6 pallets of equipment. Assist International coordinated the equipment selection and the training program. Three Doctors who are also Professors at the University Hospital in Satiago Chile joined us as trainers: Dr. Mauro Parra, Dr. Hugo Salinas, and Dr. Nedeska Morales!
More News From Rebuilding Alliance:
Will an all-green building to house the businesses of the Rural Women's Association help keep the bulldozers out of Al Aqaba? We think so! The local women are savvy leaders! They oversee a kindergarten, guesthouse, sewing co-op, and factories for cheese and tea. A Palestinian architect and Australian designers have plans in hand for a community hall, country kitchen and restaurant. Help build an environmentalist's dream space for Al Aqaba and the surrounding community to work and socialize. Learn More
When we asked for clothes and shoes for Gaza, thousands responded generously. We worked tirelessly to get the first shipping container into Gaza, and now we ask your help to expand this grassroots effort to open the blockade of Gaza with compassion. We want to send 3,888 backpacks with new school supplies to children in Gaza in time for school to start in the fall, and we need your help!
Rebuilding Alliance is hosting Israeli peace activist and author Amos Gvirtz on a North American tour from April 3 - May 4. Amos Gvirtz has developed an international audience with his Don’t Say We Did Not Know weekly emails about under-publicized incidents, events, and government actions affecting the Palestinian and Bedouin communities in Israel and Palestine. His book, Don’t Say We Did Not Know, deals with the moral questions Israelis must face today and why they don’t want to know about the crimes being committed in their name.