Rise & Shine International
Rise & Shine International resources hope through education and micro enterprise among the Palestinians and other people groups in occupied or destabilized nations, and to also be a voice for the disenfranchised among these peoples. We are motivated by our relationship with Jesus Christ, whose love for us and for these others compels us to work for creative educational and economic solutions.
The Palestinian situation is a painful stalemate with global repercussions. In the middle of it, families try to raise their young and build a future, like families everywhere. Every step forward has brought two steps back with new constraints. Illegal Israeli settlements relentlessly gobble up West Bank land internationally designated as Palestinian Territory. Unemployment soars behind the ‘security barrier.’ The high wall, with guard towers and check points, weaves its way selectively through the area, eating up still more Palestinian land, sometimes cutting a farm in two. It chills the heart and soul of Palestinian fathers, eager to provide for their families. The wall and checkpoint process generates unwarranted fear and cuts deep into the previously thriving tourism-based economy. This kills the hopes of youth that see no future, hence no reason to try.
By presenting options that tap into the creativity and talents of the people, hope is reborn and, with it, focus on a future that is better than the present or past.
Rise & Shine International, a small project at present, delivers actual aid directly to a few families that benefit - no bureaucracy, handled within relationship: love, joy, and respect from across the sea. So much gain from such a relatively small investment! Families are growing healthy and hopeful - together!
It would be better if this work had grown faster, from its humble start in 2010, but - we are here now! The question arises - are we going to build on this beta test, or look the other way and let the dream die? We have two students in elementary school and one teenager in tutoring and academic enrichment classes. Our commitment to the several students we now back is growing as they progress through the grades; there are (many) more that would benefit and add momentum to this trend. We can no longer do this alone - we need YOU!
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End Date: 29 March 2017