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Rebuilding Alliance is an American 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to
advancing equal rights for Palestinians through education, advocacy, and support that assures Palestinian families the right to a home, schooling, economic security, safety, and a promising future. Our life-Affirming vision is to realize a just and enduring peace in Palestine and Israel founded upon equal rights, equal security, and equal 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, the lifting of the blockade of Gaza, 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.
In early February, 2019, Rebuilding Alliance will be bringing children from West Bank villages facing demolition, and from Gaza (we got their visas!) to address Congress. We've found this to be the most effective way to provide Senators and Representatives with the information and encouragement they need to take action to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes and schools and press for the opening of the Gaza blockade.
Brighten the Future for Gaza's Children / It's Time for Light
Electricity in Gaza is now available for 10-12 hours each day, rendering the simplest of tasks nearly impossible. To date, Rebuilding Alliance has successfully sent 35,600 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 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. Please support our work.
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