With your support, Gaza’s Ark to sail in 2014

Dear friends,

As we enter what is a ‘season of giving’ for many of our supporters and as we approach the New Year, please consider making a donation to support the Palestinians of Gaza via Gaza’s Ark, www.gazaark.org/donate/


In May this year, with the help of thousands of individuals and organizations we purchased a 25 meter long fishing boat in Gaza. In the last seven months we have employed tens of local workers who have skillfully worked to refurbish it in readiness to sail out of Gaza and challenge the blockade. You can see pictures and videos of Gaza’s Ark on our website http://www.gazaark.org/category/ark-photo-album/ 

Despite the Israeli Government maintaining its illegal blockade, and the decision of the Egyptian authorities to all but close the border crossings at Rafah, we have continued with our work.

Last month we organized the sailing of mini Arks in Gaza, raising several thousand dollars, but more importantly it brought great joy and hope to many local children who sailed boats made in Gaza, sponsored by people like you from all around the world.

In 2014, working with partners in Palestine, Australia, Canada, South Africa, USA and across Europe, Gaza's Ark will sail across the Mediterranean Sea carrying Palestinian export goods to sell to the international community.  

Gaza’s Ark and its ‘trade not aid’ strategy will challenge the illegal blockade from the ‘inside out’, supporting the Palestinians of Gaza to rebuild their economy through outbound trade.

Gaza’s Ark is supported by many Nobel Laureates, politicians, writers, artists and public figures, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Mairead Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, Alice Walker, Denis J. Halliday, Hans C. von Sponeck and Rigoberta Menchú Tum (see www.gazaark.org/2012/12/02/our-supporters/) as well as by many organizations and individuals like you.

With your help we have already raised nearly $200,000. Please help us raise the remaining monies or buy goods from Palestinian producers www.gazaark.org/products/ that we will be exporting on Gaza’s Ark.

 In addition to donating, you can buy:
*  ‘Symbolic Shares’ in Gaza’s Ark for $50 (Canadian) each.
    *   Materials and wages necessary for refurbishment in units of $100 (Canadian).
    *   Palestinian export products (minimum purchase of $500 Canadian) http://www.gazaark.org/products/

Thanks again for supporting Gaza's Ark in 2013. Your generosity today will help make this project a reality and make a real difference in the lives of people in Gaza.
We thank you for your ongoing support. Wishing you Happy Holidays and all the best in 2014.

Gaza’s Ark Steering Committee

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