We learned early that successful rebuilding efforts require local partners who are trusted by the neighborhood they serve, financially accountable, and independent of the government. The Rebuilding Alliance is honored to work with the following NGO partners:
- Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) is a Palestinian non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1990 to provide comprehensive community mental health services – therapy, training and research – to the population of the Gaza Strip. Since that time, the Gaza Strip – one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with two thirds of the population being refugees and 50% being younger than 16 years – has witnessed extreme forms of violence and suffering, due to Israeli occupation and military operations. This made the extent of mental health problems in the Gaza reach unprecedented levels.
- Combatants for Peace (C4P) is a group of Israeli and Palestinian individuals who were actively involved in the cycle of violence in their area. The Israelis served as combat soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinians were involved in armed resistance in the name of Palestinian liberation. They believe that the blood shed will not end unless they act together to terminate the occupation and stop all forms of violence. They work to educate, raise consciousness and create partners in dialogue, and to maintain political pressure on all governments to stop the cycle of violence.
- The Al Aqabah Rural Women’s Association
Rawhieh El- Sabeeh – Director of Al Haq Kindergarten in the Village of Al Aqabah
Haj Sami Sadik Sbaih – Head of the Al Aqabah Village Council
Law & Advocacy Partners:
- Yesh Din: Volunteers for Human Rights is an Israeli human rights organization working to achieve long-term structural improvement in the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We are an independent non-governmental organization, supported by donations from individuals and institutional donors.
- BIMKOM: Planners for Planning Rights is an Israeli non-profit organization formed in 1999 by a group of planners and architects, in order to strengthen democracy and human rights in the field of planning.
Spatial planning plays a crucial role in determining the quality of our life environment, as well as the prospects for socio-economic development and well-being of individuals and communities alike. The planning process in Israel is highly centralized and largely removed from the sphere of public debate and scrutiny. As a result, the rights and needs of local communities are often not taken into account. Flawed or discriminatory planning, and the unequal distribution of land and other public resources reinforce the inequalities between different sectors of society and impact negatively on our most basic values and rights.
Drawing on values such as human rights, social justice, good governance and community participation, we seek to affect system-wide change by encouraging the development of new planning policies and procedures that are more equitable and responsive to the needs of the various communities.
Since its foundation 35 years ago, JLAC has played an important role in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) by providing pro-bono legal aid and consultations to Palestinians, aiding them in confronting Israeli human rights violations. With the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority, JLAC developed a public interest program aimed at defending human rights in the oPt.