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Feb 5, 2018

Warm clothes and plastic sheeting for children

Buttoning up a new coat for a child in Gaza
Buttoning up a new coat for a child in Gaza

Your support together with the donations from Zam Zam Water and Paliroots is providing warm clothes to more than 2500 children in Gaza this winter. The clothes were distributed with the help of our network of community organizations located throughout Gaza and our many local volunteers. 

Additionally, hundreds of homes that have damaged roofs or broken windows were covered with plastic sheeting to prevent leaks during the winter rain. 

Wafaa El-Derawi, one of MECA's staff members in Gaza, explains "Thousands of poor families are apprehensive of the cold weather due to the harsh living conditions in Gaza. Ten years of Israeli blockade has created high levels of poverty. And the severe electricity crisis combined with the limited quantities of fuel for heating leaves many homes without any source of heat. Children without suitable winter clothing are extremely vulnerable."

We appreciate your support which has helped us to purchase supplies to help keep children and families warm and dry. 

Volunteers cover the roof of a home in Gaza
Volunteers cover the roof of a home in Gaza
Nov 27, 2017

Mona is getting a degree in education

Mona, education major
Mona, education major

Mona is one of 112 Palestinian students to receive a scholarship from the Middle East Children's Alliance this year. She is studying education at Al Aqsa University in Gaza.

Here is what Mona has to say about herself and the scholarship:

“During the last war on Gaza, our house was completely destroyed. Today, we live in a small house of one room for the whole family. This difficult situation negatively affected my academic achievement. I almost had to drop out my studying because of the economic situation which reached the worst level after the war. However, MECA scholarship was a lifeline for me to overcome these miserable situations and continue my studying. The most horrible moment in my life was when we had to flee from our homes. I think people throughout the world would learn a lot about Palestinians if they just experienced one minute of war. Our only desire is to have the right to live, no more and no less. One minute can change everything in Gaza. Our dream is to have peace and safety.”

The other 111 students study at ten different Palestinian universities and are pursuing their degrees in midwifery, psychology, media, pharmacy, law and much more. We'll keep sending stories so you can get to know some of these remarkable students you are supporting. 

Nov 27, 2017

Girls on bikes in Gaza!

Lining up on their bides
Lining up on their bides

With your support, we've started this important new project in Gaza! 

During this first pilot phase, we are running after school sports programs for 240 girls in Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza. They are getting the chance to ride bikes and play football (soccer) - many of them for the first time. We believe in the power of sports to help the girls improve their better mental and physical health, build self-esteem, have fun and so much more. 

Our staff in Gaza have visited the project often and told us, "The girls are very happy with the training and are committed to attending. They are especially excited about the cycling."

The project is also providing the girls with healthy snacks, their own specialized sports clothing and shoes, and awareness workshops on important topics like nutrition and early marriage. 

We are so excited to see this project idea come to life thanks to the incredible support and solidarity efforts of the Big Ride for Palestine. 

Learning to balance
Learning to balance
Riding around the school yard
Riding around the school yard
 
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