Middle East Children's Alliance

The Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) is a non-profit organization working for the rights of children in the Middle East by sending humanitarian aid, supporting projects for children and educating North American and international communities about the effects of the US foreign policy on children in the region.
Jul 27, 2016

Join the Big Ride for Palestine August 6-8!

The BigRide 2015 raised awareness about Palestine
The BigRide 2015 raised awareness about Palestine

Thanks to all of the organizers, cyclists, and friends of the Big Ride for Palestine we are getting closer to our goal to launch this new sports project for children in Gaza!

The project was devised by MECA Gaza Project Director Dr. Mona El-Farra with input from families, organizations, and teachers througout Gaza. 

We are continuing to fundraise and hope you will help spread the word about the project and the upcoming Big Ride for Palestine taking place August 6-8 in the UK.

The Big Ride is calling for people from across the UK to join a peaceful protest outside Elbit’s UAV Engines factory, in Shenstone, near Lichfield, on Monday 8 August at 12.00 noon, to demand a military embargo on armament sales to Israel. Elbit is Israel's largest private arms manufacturer.  The UK Government's unethical arms trade with Israel allows profits to be made on the back of human suffering.

We still have a few seats left on the coaches, so we would urge you to encourage friends and supporters to book a seat using the link below. Please be aware that all the seat options include the return journey and if you're a cyclist, it covers you and your bike back to the region you started from.

We've had a great response from cyclists across the country! We're currently up to 165 riders and anticipate this will rise as we approach the cut off date for late bookings. As you'll appreciate all organisers will have last minute planning to do, so the cut off date for bookings on the ride is Saturday 30 July.  After that date we cannot guarantee to get back to you to confirm your accommodation request, confirm your seat on a coach or send out cycling tops/t-shirts.

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Jul 19, 2016

Meet Dalia - an art student in Gaza!

Dalia near the sea in Gaza
Dalia near the sea in Gaza

Your donations to this project are changing young people's lives. Meet Dalia, just one of the 166 students who received a scholarship from MECA this past academic year. 

Dalia is a second year art student at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza. Her father died four years ago and it hit Dalia very hard. In many ways, she and her family are still grieving. He was the sole breadwinner, so their economic situation has become much worse.

            “I have felt so sad losing my father and my life became more difficult. I didn’t expect to be able to complete my university degree. Studying at the university has made me strong and independent and it has helped me to overcome extreme sadness, so I am grateful for the MECA scholarship. My mother has always given me a lot of encouragement. She says education is the best thing. I love art – ceramics, painting and drawing on glass. My dream is to open a big gallery of my work to show the whole world that we appreciate life, beauty and peace.”

Thanks for your support of this important project!

One of Dalia
One of Dalia's recent sketches
Jun 7, 2016

Gaza is thirsting for Justice

Israel
Israel's siege on Gaza impacts water & sanitation

MECA staff in Gaza continue to ensure that children have access to safe, clean water through the installation of water purification units at schools and kindergartens.

While we continue our efforts to build and maintain these water purification units, we believe it's vital to address the root causes of Gaza's water crisis.

As the Gaza blockade enters its tenth year in June 2016, Gaza keeps Thirsting for Justice. Join a campaign launched by MECA and other international and Palestinian organizations to demand that the blockade is lifted, and the items needed to recover and develop the wrecked water and sanitation sector stop being held hostage of Israel’s siege and its related policies.

As part of its blockade on Gaza, Israel imposes severe restrictions on the entry into the Strip of what it classifies as “dual-use” materials. Those include 70 percent of the items urgently needed to recover, maintain and develop the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. By obstructing the import of such vital materials, the Israeli government has crippled the Strip’s ability to treat sewage or maintain a functioning water network. As a direct result of this, Gaza’s only source of fresh water, the Coastal Aquifer, is almost totally unfit for human consumption with high level of nitrates and chlorides. We need to take action, and we need to do it now.

Please click the link below to sign a letter to your representatives urging Israel to lift the blockade immediately, and remove WASH materials from the dual-use list.

Student near Rafah drinks clean water
Student near Rafah drinks clean water
Ajial Kindergarten
Ajial Kindergarten's new water unit works well!

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