A Blueprint To Renovating Hope á la Suad Amiry

A Blueprint To Renovating Hope á la Suad Amiry

A Blueprint To Renovating Hope á la Suad Amiry

Drive through the Palestinian countryside and you’ll find houses caved in on themselves. Yellowed stones tumble onto the earth, flowers pushing through the crevices. Painted tiles have faded in vibrancy and iron clad windows have rusted a burnt orange. What were once homes now lie as memories.   In 1991, architect and scholar Suad Amiry set about changing this. She founded RIWAQ: The Center for Architectural Conservation, a non–profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring Palestinian buildings. We’re here to ...

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The Culture of Agriculture: Saving the DNA of Palestinian Heritage

The Culture of Agriculture: Saving the DNA of Palestinian Heritage

“I don’t like labels,” Vivien Sansour firmly told me. “I don’t know how to label myself,” she admitted. Deciding to leave herself unbound, she characterized her work as “more agricultural—I’m interested in the culture of agriculture.”   Sansour, originally from Beit Jalla, left for the U.S. once she turned 18 and studied anthropology at East Carolina University. Her work has consistently gravitated to agriculture—its culture, its history, and its disappearance.   From California and Uruguay to Peru and Palestine, Sansour has ...

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12 Palestinian Women Worth Talking About This Women’s Day

12 Palestinian Women Worth Talking About This Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. And yes, while we agree that every day is Women’s Day, we’re still eager to take advantage of the occasion to celebrate a few women who deserve some extra frosting.   We’ve curated a mashup of unapologetically defiant quotes, colorful hijabs, a variety of passports, and a few servings of sass. Here are 12 women from different industries changing the game, challenging the status quo, and adding a splash of inspiration to your morning coffee. ...

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Ruba Shamshoum-- Crowdfunding her debut album to life

Ruba Shamshoum– Crowdfunding her debut album to life

  Ruba Shamshoum, a jazz artist from Nazareth, sits down with BuildPalestine to share her crowdfunding experience and tell us more about her debut album, Shamat, which she has both written and composed.              1. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself and how you found yourself in Dublin?   I was an English literature major in college and, during a course called “American Literature and Jazz”, first heard Louis Armstrong. I fell ...

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When Life Gives You Ashes

When Life Gives You Ashes

We all know what to do when life gives you lemons. But what about when life gives you ashes? We just got back from our first trip to Gaza, and were overwhelmed by the determination and hope of each person that we met. We received a consistent message from everyone: young graduates need opportunities.                     With unemployment at 43% in Gaza, and 60% amongst youth, there is limited opportunity, but a ...

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The Highlights of 2016 in Palestine

The Highlights of 2016 in Palestine

2016 has been a great year to us all! In fact, it’s been extra special for us in Palestine. Check out some of the most memorable moments from this year, and find out why we’re looking forward to next year!   The Palestinian inventor, Yara Najdi   Yara Najdi, a fresh graduate from UC Berkeley, won a $1 million dollar prize for her high -impact invention, an industrial structure that enables people who suffer from Hemiplegia to walk without the ...

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Learnings from our BuildPalestine Launch Campaign!

Learnings from our BuildPalestine Launch Campaign!

After weeks of hard work and sleepless nights,  our team at BuildPalestine is proud to see our launch campaign come to an end. We have not only run a crowdfunding campaign (actually 5 if you count each project) but also launched a crowdfunding platform!     As we ask each other whether or not we were “successful”, we remind ourselves of the reason we started this project– to make an impact on the ground. What does impact look like to ...

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Taita Leila's Successful Crowdfunding Journey

Taita Leila’s Successful Crowdfunding Journey

Stories can be told using various tools. Since ancient times, stories were told visually using tapestries hung on castle walls. Today, stories of Palestinian culture are told through the intricate weaving of embroidered thread. Unfortunately, preserving culture can be a costly ordeal, a situation familiar to the founder of Taita Leila.     In Arabic, Taita is a term commonly used to mean “grandma.” Taita Leila refers to the grandma of the founder, Leila Hussein Fakhri Khalidi, who is the ...

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BuildPalestine Mobilizing 12m Palestinian Supporters Around the World

BuildPalestine Mobilizing 12m Palestinian Supporters Around the World

From humble beginnings to transformational potential Ideas transform us, transport us, and move us to action. BuildPalestine started off as a simple idea but quickly turned into impact with a little bit of gritty idealism. On November 7th 2016, BuildPalestine, a Palestinian crowdfunding platform, had its very own launch party held at the Ramallah Cultural Palace. It brought together over 150 people, not only from Ramallah, but from other neighboring cities as well, including Gaza. BuildPalestine offers hope Our Launch ...

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