BuildPalestine, Palestine’s first crowdfunding platform for social impact projects, has announced its launch and is now raising donations for its first four social impact project.
Each of the four projects – offering first aid training, supporting young women’s education, launching an educational programme for children at the Bethlehem Museum, and conducting music therapy workshops – will receive up to $5,000.
Launched by six Ramallah-based entrepreneurs, BuildPalestine is aimed at empowering grassroots problem-solving in Palestine.
Besan Abu-Joudeh, one of the six co-founders, realised that funds available to the aid industry in Palestine were not used effectively shortly after moving back to Palestine from the US. “Many organisations are already doing great work across Palestine, but BuildPalestine is now giving them a platform to connect with supporters around the world,” Abu-Joudeh says.
“We hope to be the go-to source whenever anyone around the world asks: ‘How can I help Palestine?’
“Our aim is to create a space for civil society to think innovatively of how they can solve local issues in the midst of an economy flooded by foreign aid.”
According to its description, BuildPalestine will list only vetted projects, in addition to ensuring that the use of funds is transparent and that social impact metrics are tracked regularly.
Harnessing the power of transnational Palestinian solidarity, the co-founders explain, they will work on developing an international network of Palestinian supporters who will further mobilise their own communities through a newly-established BuildPalestine’s Ambassador Programme.
“BuildPalestine is designed to connect millions of people from around the world to the struggle for a better and free Palestine,” said Fadi Quran, a senior campaigner at Avaaz. “It is groundbreaking, and it is what is needed to end the oppressive control over our people’s economy and politics.”
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