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.
Nov 10, 2016

Nadia studies Physical Therapy in Gaza

Nadia studying at Al-Azhar University
Nadia studying at Al-Azhar University

Nadia Saqr is a 22-year-old, divorced mother with one small child. She is working toward a degree in physical therapy at Al-Azhar University. Despite living in difficult conditions with her extended family, she aims high in her studies and her ambitions.

“I believe that education is the best way to change my life for the better and, not only that, it will improve things for my family. In Gaza many factors make it difficult to do well at university. I sometimes have to miss lectures because I cannot afford to pay for transport and I cannot buy all the books that I need. We often have no electricity for many hours. And the attacks on Gaza during the summer of 2014 caused psychological problems, as well as physical damage. I did not expect to stay alive. I want to graduate with a good degree and then get part-time work so I can go on to do graduate studies. I want to develop my skills in English and I want to take some leadership and youth courses. I will also continue to use my skills as a volunteer, helping people. This scholarship changed my life.”

Nov 3, 2016

Award-winning new Arabic Children's Books!

"BULQASH" WON BEST PRODUCTION!
"BULQASH" WON BEST PRODUCTION!

We have very exciting news about one of the children's literacy projects we are supporting in Palestine. This year, the Middle East Children's Alliance helped fund the publication of 5 new children's books as well as trainings all in refugee camps, villages, and cities across the West Bank to train Palestinian women in reading aloud to children and distribute copies of the books. The project is being implemented by the Palestine Writing Workshop. 

Yesterday, two of these fabulous new children's books (pictured below) just won Best Illustration and Best Production from Etisalat Award for Arabic Children's Literature!

We are so thrilled to be part of this effort to provide beautiful, engaging, and high quality books to children in Palestine. Thanks for supporting this project!

"Burkat Al-Asila Al-Zarqa" won Best Illustration
"Burkat Al-Asila Al-Zarqa" won Best Illustration
Nov 3, 2016

New water engineer + Upgrading water purification units in Gaza

One unit at the factory
One unit at the factory

With your support, the Maia Project continues to grow and provide safe, clean water to children in Gaza.

We'd like to intoduce Amal Abu Moaliqe, our new Maia Project Coordinator. Amal is a mechatronics engineer living in Nuseirat Refugee Camp. She is excited to join the MECA team and work to improve the lives of children in Gaza.

This fall, under the supervision of Amal, provided routine maintenance for all the units at the start of the new school year and upgraded four of the water purification units. These four units have been providing safe, clean water for children for six years and continue to function but were not as efficient as possible and required frequent maintenance. The AbdelSalam Yasin Company in Gaza replaced some parts and then returned the units to schools in Gaza.

Installing the upgraded units
Installing the upgraded units
Children gather around the upgraded unit
Children gather around the upgraded unit
Amal, our new Maia Project Coordinator
Amal, our new Maia Project Coordinator
 
   

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