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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
Nov 14, 2017

The Gift of Warmth for Refugees

Refugee women attend knitting & crochet lessons
Refugee women attend knitting & crochet lessons

A group of Syrian refugee women in Lebanon came together at the Al-Jalil Center to make mittens, hats and scarves for refugee children. Support from MECA enabled Al-Jalil to purchase yarn, provide training, and pay the women for their work. Four hundred children in and around the Bekaa Valley will each get a bundle including a scarf, a pair of mittens, and a hat. Another 300 will be sold by Al-Jalil Center at a special sale to raise funds to expand the project.

Ibtisam spends most of her time at home caring for a disabled sister and her elderly mother.  She joined the group because she wanted to be less isolated.

“I'm proud of my work with Al-Jalil Center and this humanitarian project that will help refugees during winter. Also, I can depend on myself and support my mother and sister.” -- Ibtisam 

Scarves, hats, and mittens made by refugee women
Scarves, hats, and mittens made by refugee women
Nov 6, 2017

Clean Water for Children & People w Disabilities

Drinking clean water from the Maia unit
Drinking clean water from the Maia unit

The Maia Project continues to provide clean water each and every day to tens of thousands of children. As the Maia Project Coorinator, I visit every unit regularly to test the water quality and ensure that it is being well maintained.

I went to visit Maghazi Community Rehabilitation Center where MECA installed a water purification unit with funds from ConnectHer earlier last month. I spoke to the director of the center about the impact of the unit on the children in their kindergarten, participants in their programs, and the wider community. Here are her words:

“Before MECA built this water unit in the kindergarten, we were sometimes forced to wait for a private water supplier to buy water, but now we always have the water and we became the water supplier for many people around the association.

“The water unit covers all of the kids in our kindergarten as well as the disabled children who come daily to our center. But the total beneficiaries is even more because we are located next to a school so some of the children stop to fill their water bottles and then go to the school. And we are in the center of the refugee camp so many poor families depend on the unit to drink clean water as well as the participants in the many workshops we organize for the families and women, therapeutic education for people with disabilities, and a lot of activities in the library and computer lab for the universities students.

“The best thing in this units is accessible to children with disabilities they don’t want any help to use the unit because of the height of the unit.”

-Wafaa Abu Mashaikh, Director of Maghazi Community Rehabilitiation Center, Maghazi Refugee Camp, Gaza

 
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