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Sunday, 22 February 2009

Funding Appeal

Bustan Qaraaqa is running short of funds! As a small and recently established project, we are heavily reliant on grassroots fundraising to keep our heads above water. If you admire our work, please consider supporting us - either by making a personal contribution or by fundraising for us.

Cheques payable to Bustan Qaraaqa can be sent to The Old School, Lydfords Lane, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4NJ, or if you prefer to make a transfer direct to our bank account, please contact us for our details (info@eag-palestine.org).

We are a very low budget project, so small amounts can make a huge difference to us. A breakdown of our monthly costs is shown below:



The exchange rate currently oscillates between 5 and 6 shekels to the pound, and 3.5 to shekels to the US dollar. So the total budget (12000 shekels) is £2000-2400 and $3000-3430.

Any excess money we have can be spent on community projects. Any shortfall is made up by cutting living allowances for staff and the materials budget.

Ideally, we would like to bring more staff onto our team (a Field Worker and an Environmental Education Coordinator), but at the moment this is not possible – another 4000 NIS per month would cover it.

Fundraising can be good fun, and can serve the dual purpose of raising awareness about the Palestinian environmental crisis.

Some ideas for fundraising:

Organise a party or music event, either in your own home or at a venue. Advertise it as a fundraiser for a permaculture farm in Palestine, charge a small entrance fee and have information available in the form of a photo exhibition or leaflets that you hand out.

Organise a film showing or lecture about Palestine and Palestinian farmers and collect donations from the audience.

Organise a Palestinian themed evening, with Palestinian food and music and charge a small entrance fee.

Sell Palestinian merchandise. Particularly if you are coming out to Palestine and returning home, invest in some nice olive wood carvings, key-rings and t-shirts and sell them for a small profit.

If you would like to fundraise for us, please be in contact (+972 2 2748994 or email info@eag-palestine.org), and we will forward you a support pack.

Donate:

Small donations can go a long way! If you feel you would like to contribute financially, cheques payable to Bustan Qaraaqa can be sent to The Old School, Lydfords Lane, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4NJ, UK.

Better yet, become a regular contributor. If 400 people gave us £5 per month, our budget would be completely covered, and we would be in a stable funding situation. If you would like to support us in this way, please be in touch (info@eag-palestine.org) and we will forward you our bank details.

Thank you for your interest in our work! We appreciate all the help we have had in the past and all the help we are receiving now. Your support makes our work possible!

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