Campaign successfully funded on: 05 Jan,2016
Who are we? What are we doing?
Since September 2015 the Al-Shmoah Kindergarden, with about 25 children, is working under minimum conditions. Hanan and Wejdan started the project responding to the needs of the villages surrounding Alma'sara village, between Bethlehem and Hebron.
Right now the children are running out of games, toys, they don't have properly furniture and the young mothers are in need of training and economical support in order to continue the education project.
20.000$ seems to be too much...Isn't that a lot?
Definitely not. The question is how we managed to do it till now without any economical support. And the answer to that is the incredible will of Hanan, Wejdan and all the ones that in some way supported the project. But even if we have the best will, we can't do it anymore in the conditions in which we run it now.
The amount that now we are asking for is to have the project working during a considerable period of time, meanwhile, with the money collected, we'll have time for working on a long-term economic independence of the project.
What about the rewards?
The most important is that you'll receive typical Palestinian products, some of them homemade from Alma'sara women. All of the rewards are modest things that we, as Palestinians from a poor but hardworking village, can afford.
How is your everyday work?
Early in the morning, from Sunday to Thursday, the children go to Al Shmoah center, normally until midday. The volunteers of the center work, play and teach with them with toys, plays and all kind of school supplies that sometimes are brought by the children and, most of the time, by the volunteers. From French and English lessons to all kind of didactic games the children spend their days learning as much as the kindergarten conditions allows them.
I don't have money...there's other way to support you?
FOR SURE! Don't hesitate to contact us. We need as much as a child needs to develop in properly conditions, that means EVERYTHING. If you are a clown, teacher, you like playing with children or whatever you think can be helpful for us will be welcome.
Don't think it twice, If you want we'll also open the doors of the Center to let you see where and how we are doing it now. All kind of support will be welcome.
Still not convinced? Here we explain you more reasons to support us...
The inhabitants of Alma’sara, who made the choice of nonviolence resistance against the occupation, know that their children will be able to reach peace with knowledge, culture, the cultivation of their potentialities and resources.
Al Shmoah started its activities in 2001 as cultural center but acted also as first clinic of the area, with awareness courses on health of men and women, as aggregation center, serving as center for gathering food and clothes for the poorest in the community, as place of formation and recreation for youth and students (chess club, language school, internet access for students and inhabitants of the villages). The center has four goals to improve the life of the surrounding villages: Health, Information, Education, Recreation.
In the past years the community individuated as most urgent need to have a kindergarten. Until now it could not be realized but finally the time has come.
Hanan and Wejdan, two young mothers, helped by the community, started in September, without funding and as volunteers, to open the door of the Center to the children who wanted to come, so to relieve their mothers who could gain a little time to dedicate to go back to study, to work, to recreate themselves, thus increasing their empowerment.
Since September 1, the community needed kindergarten started to be realized. The children play, sing, they are instructed in the first education steps. But all this can't be done anymore without properly materials, infrastructure, school supplies and trained persons.
We, the team of Al Shmoh kindergarten wish to thank you really warmly for believing in our project and for helping us.
Your support and help is fundamental for our children.
We would like to inform you about the step we are now in.
We could raise, thanks to you all, up to today, $4215, which is already important for us, being our first crowdfunding.
But in order to make this project successful and to achieve the dream of the children we need to arrive at $8000 - with this amount zoomal, the crowdfunding platform will give us the money.
We will be sorry for it, but anyhow extremely grateful to you for your generous donation.
You were the ones most sensitive and involved in our project, but many people still do not know about it yet.
So we would like to ask you a further effort, to please please make your friends know about the project, sharing the link and helping us spreading it more.
If we could raise $ 1375 in the three coming days which we will raise 70% of the first milestone , zoomal will launch the crowdfunding in its network for the remaining days of the campaign and this will increase the possibility of achieving the kindergarten dream. and we will be zoomaal favorite
We wish you all the best for these holidays,
Al Shmoh Kindergarten team and its children
Happy Holidays to you all!
I just thought I would send you all a big thank you for believing in the project and supporting it! We couldn't do it without you!
To date we have raised $ 5,995 which is 30% of our total funding goal! Which is awesome! And 75% of our 1st Milestone!
we still need 2005$ to finish our milestone to reach the 8,000$
so we have a three special rewards" made by the mothers of the children of the kindergarten" for the last three donors in 2015 and another three special for the first three donors in 2016 , happy new year and our best wishes for the new year
Thank you all!!!
Please share the project with anyone you think might be interested http://www.zoomaal.com/projects/al-shmoah-kindergarten
We have made it this far because of you!
thank you, thank you so much, we made our first milestone, and we are now at $8125!!!
We hope to raise a little more in the coming three days but we are already really deeply grateful to all of you for your support, help and for believing in Al Shmoh kindergarten.
I will update you more on Monday, but if you want to help until the last minute, please share the project with anyone you think might be interested
we have almost 12 hours left for our crowdfunding
we want to thank all of you deeply and ask you for the last time if you can share the link .
in the last hours we can make the difference for the children of our villages
please please please share it