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Rebuilding Alliance is an American 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to rebuilding war-torn communities and bringing the world together to make them safe. Our life-affirming vision: A just and enduring peace in Israel and Palestine founded upon equal rights, security, and opportunity for all.
'To do something big — to think globally and act globally — one starts with something small and one starts where it counts.'
— Oxford Prof. Nabeel Hamdi
Since our launch in 2003, Rebuilding Alliance has been amplifying the voices of peacemakers and their communities. Together we are a significant voice for recognition of planning rights, village-centered building and human rights.
Here's some of what Rebuilding Alliance does:
U.S. Movement to Save Palestinian Villages
Rebuilding Alliance's advocacy program focuses on constituent engagement by using action alerts to connect activists with members of Congress. By working quickly to provide accurate information obtained directly from villagers, lawyers representing Palestinian villages, and human rights organizations, we give Constituents all they need to email their Senators and Representatives to request intervention on their behalf. As soon as you email, we follow up by scheduling conference call briefings with Congressional offices, inviting constituents to join to express concerns and raise questions.
At the end of this month, June 24-28, Rebuilding Alliance will be bringing Alon Cohen-Lifshitz, an architect with the Israeli human rights group Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights, and Eid Jahalin, the community spokesperson for the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al Ahmar, to Capitol Hill to speak with members of Congress. Our goal is to provide Senators and Representatives with the information and encouragement they need to take action to prevent the demolition of Khan al Ahmar. Bringing this delegation to meet with Congress is important now because on May 24th, the High Court of Israel ruled that because Khan al Ahmar does not have an approved master plan or building permits for their structures, their community can be demolished at any time. The Court also decided that the Gov't of Israel may demolish without providing a suitable alternative location for the residents.
Brighten the Future for Gaza's Children / It's Time for Light
Electricity in Gaza is available for only 4-5 hours each day, rendering the simplest of tasks nearly impossible. So far, Rebuilding Alliance has sent 27,000 Nur Al Amal (Light of Hope) solar-powered lanterns through the blockade to children in Gaza, in partnership with four Palestinian NGOs who work to distribute these lights. We’ve secured a matching grant and will now upgrade to send LittleSun solar lights in addition to Luci Lights. Each shipment is pre-cleared through the Customs Agencies of all three governments prior to shipment, through our upcoming, It's Time for Light Campaign, we hope to use social media to share a 'Nur Amal' Light of Hope message from and to Gaza families and the world
Rebuilding to Remain
Rebuilding Alliance worked with Al Aqaba villagers to design affordable homes and then crowd-funded to build the first three. As those three families moved in, another four families finished their homes. Now, 16 more are in construction and we’re working with Al Aqaba’s Housing Association to develop an affordable construction loan program, the first in so-called Area C, to help them finish. This will be a model for Palestinian affordable home construction throughout the West Bank’s Area C.
Collective Song: A Music Center to Make Hearts Sing
A talented intern at Rebuilding Alliance believed music can heal. We are delighted to report that the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is partnering with Rebuilding Alliance and has been sending two teachers to Al Aqaba Village to instruct 41 children on violin, viola, and cello! Can we bring them on tour to the U.S.? We hope so.
A thriving community is measured by the health of its children, the ease of their parents, a growing economy and protection of human rights. Rebuilding Alliance will soon launch our next series of Congressional briefings focused on the Gaza crisis, asking Senators and Representatives to intervene to urge restraint in response to peaceful protest, ease the crisis, and end the blockade. Please support our work.
Until: 07/31/2018 12:00am
A interactive multimedia exhibition, with a collection of original works by Gaza artists seeking to share their humanity with the outside world!2 supporters $450 raised
Until: 09/7/2018 12:00am
750,000 Children in Gaza live in darkness because electricity is out 20 hours a day. Let’s light up their nights!34 supporters $1,460 raised
Until: 11/30/2018 4:59pm
Congressional intervention is one of the most effective ways to prevent demolition of Palestinian villages. As constituents, we have the leverage to urge our members of Congress to intervene and demand fair rights for Palestinian communities to live and build on the land they own. We ask your help to fund our Palestinian Planning Rights visit to walk the halls of Congress.2 supporters $100 raised
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