Neinas Elementary

Rachid Elabed was born and raised in Southwest Detroit. Growing up, Rachid and his friends didn’t have a safe place to play outside. Knowing the importance of play as a fundamental element in the formation of young people, Rachid is partnering with Neinas Elementary School and other community organizations to ensure that youth in Southwest Detroit have a safe, well-maintained, and FUN place to play! Help us make the Alayna Elabed Brighter Neinas Community Park a reality!

With the planning for the park well underway, Neinas Elementary K-3 students were recently asked to participate in a visioning session, where they dreamed up their ideal park.


  • A place to play soccer
  • An attractive and safe place
  • A place that was clean and maintained
  • A place to gather with friends and family
  • A place to be creative and play


  • Revamped parking lot
  • Soccer field
  • Public Artwork
  • Picnic tables
  • Natural features (trees, water feature)
  • Fountain
  • Recycling Bins

Your help can make a lot of people’s dreams come true! The first $2500 in donations will be matched by the Rachid and Kathy Elabed Fund at the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP). Your support will make this park will be a centerpiece of community engagement for students at Neinas Elementary and the surrounding area.

Donate to help us build a park for kids in Southwest Detroit!