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Bustan L'Shalom Project- Wadi Na'am, Israel


Bustan is a grassroots partnership of Jews and Arabs who are working to raise awareness of the plight of the indigenous Bedouin population by promoting sustainable initiatives. Builders Without Borders is providing educational materials and technical support for the construction of a strawbale medical clinic. In addition to providing medical care in a region where adequate medical care is not accessible, it is hoped that this project will spawn interest in sustainable building across the Negev where 70,000 Bedouins are living in corrugated tin shanties.

Bustan means ‘grove’ in both Hebrew and Arabic. Bustan is a grassroots partnership addressing the plight of indigenous and marginalized people in Israel/Palestine. Bustan works with villagers who have been denied access to public resources, and raises awareness of systemic discrimination through proactive initiatives. Bustan promotes social and environmental justice — helping people help themselves.

Wadi Na’am, in the Northern Negev, home to 4,000 people, is unrecognized by the Israeli government. The population of Wadi Na’am has long been denied medical services, water, and electricity infrastructure. As a result, the families of Wadi Na’am live without the most basic provisions.

The objective of this project is to build a solar/wind powered medical clinic by means of a community-building work camp. The practice of adobe/straw building has a long history in Bedouin tradition. The project is meant to reintroduce these sustainable, low-budget techniques in the Unrecognized Villages.

What? Join us in Israel, to train and be trained by indigenous Bedouin and local Israelis in alternative building techniques. During a 6-day work camp, volunteers and the community of Wadi Na’am will build a solar-powered, strawbale medical clinic. Art and music workshops will be held for children and families. Lectures about unrecognized villages, sustainability, and Bedouin culture will combine modern information with ancient wisdom.

Who? Bustan’s coalition of NGO’s invites people of all traditions to join us: activists, appropriate technology engineers, green builders, musicians, artists, environmental lawyers, organic farmers, alternative practitioners, peace educators, and writers.

Where? Wadi Na'am village, is an unrecognized village next to Israel’s toxic waste incinerator in the Northern Negev. It is home to 4,000 citizens in need of medical services.

When? Join us for Earth Day 2003. Come to the Holy Land of Israel/Palestine for Pesach and Easter. The Medwed Work Week begins Friday April 18th—25th, 2003.

How? For $800 per person (outside of Israel/Palestine), mobilize to build with villagers and activists. This cost will cover all program activities, your accommodations in the village, guides, translators, reading materials, and 2 meals daily.

[It is not possible to secure a permit for the construction of this clinic, as the entire village is unrecognized by Israel. Due to the hostile political climate there is a chance this medical clinic may be demolished. Our hopes are the humanitarian need of providing medical services to Israeli citizens will supercede the law.]

Strawbale Builder/Trainer Opportunity
An experienced strawbale builder who can train others is sought for this workshop. Due to lack of funds, at first we are seeking a volunteer trainer. If we cannot locate a volunteer, we are very willing to pay someone. Please contact us for more information.

Contact Information
Devorah Brous, bustanlshalom@yahoo.com or devorah@bustanlshalom.org
mail: Bustan, P.O. Box 309, Madison, NJ, 07039
phone in Israel: 001 972 53 711-800
http://www.bustanlshalom.org

Funding
We have raised just over 2/3 of the budget, and are in need of financial support from individuals and organizations to cover the remaining expenses. For tax-deductible donations to Bustan, please make checks payable to:

Walking Stick Foundation
P.O. Box 309
Madison, NJ, 07930

To make direct deposit dontations in Israel/Palestine:
Bank Leumi, Branch #785
Bustan Account #16303/34

We are actively seeking partnership and collaboration on this project. Please stay in touch.

BWB is an international network of ecological builders working together for a sustainable future.