Thanks to your generous donations, the new playroom at the Rachel Corrie Center in Rafah, Gaza opened in September!
MECA's staff in Gaza, Dr. Mona El-Farra and Safaa El-Derawi, went to visit last week and snapped these wonderful photos of children in the playroom.
One staff member commented "This is not just about toys for kids. This is about the right for children to play and be in a safe space when so many other things in their life are not safe. When they hear a plane, they get very afraid because they think it is going to bomb them." Rachel Corrie Center Staff
Thank you again for helping to create this safe and fun environment for Palestinian children!
As you can see in the pictures, MECA was able to purchase play equipment and they are already in use! As we stated in our last report, we were able to buy the items we promised and deliver them to the Rachel Corrie Children's Center.
The children at the center are very happy at the new arrivals but there is still a long way to go- your ongoing support will allow us to continue our support and expand upon the toys, children's books and equipment we can deliver to the Center.
As a colleague at the Center told me by Skype recently, "This is not just about toys for kids. This is about the right for children to play and be in a safe space when sop many other things in their life are not safe. When they hear a plane, they get very afraid because they think it is going to bomb them."
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Regarding the playroom in the Rachel Corrie Center, we now are in the procurement process to acquire toys locally in Gaza. The Center has formulated a committee to set the needed specifications of the furniture, and have priced out the costs from different suppliers. We are waiting for the prices from them, and also to see how much money we raised by the end of August.
We will take all of the funds to use to buy equipment. Once we have furnished the Center we will send you the photos and will update you soon. We plan to submit an additional reportvery soon to keep yu all posted!
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