Jan 7, 2019

Warm winter clothes for children in Gaza

Mohammad putting on his new shoes
Mohammad putting on his new shoes

With your support, our staff, volunteers, and partner organizations in Gaza are distributing warm winter clothes to nearly 3,000 children this winter. We ordered the winter jackets, jeans, long underwear, and socks from a local factory in Gaza so your donations are both helping the children and also providing income to 141 families who rely on their work at the factory.

I want to share with you this message from Wafaa El-Derawi, our project assistant in Gaza, so you can read more about the impact of your support:

Despite the fatigue and hard work to distribute winter relief packages to children as soon as possible, I go back to my home every day so happy and excited.

We do not distribute clothes only .. We make smiles, spread warmth and fulfill the dreams of many children

Here, the dreams of children are very simple and often their greatest dream is to get warm clothes and comfortable shoes.

I remember when I was a child I was at my most happy when I get new shoes. I would wait impatiently for the next morning so I could go to school wearing them and show them to my friends and when I returned back my home I would clean and hide them. 

When I visited Sanabel kindergarten a week ago to distribute the winter relief packages, Mohammed Abu Daqqa, one of the kindergarten children, asked me loudly, "Did you bring us shoes?" I answered enthusiastically "Yes!" and he jumped from his chair and said " so I will go to my kindergarten every day, even on rainy days! I asked my mother for good shoes and she did not buy them." You can not imagine the happiness of Mohammed wearing his new jacket and shoes, being carried from one classroom to another and showing them to his friends, I still remember him among the thousands of children who received our winter clothing packages.

Many, many thanks for your support!

Making the jackets and clothes at factory in Gaza
Making the jackets and clothes at factory in Gaza
Nov 14, 2018

Supporting Palestinian students with 100 scholarships this year

Thanks to your support and donations from other scholarship donors, MECA was able to provide 100 full and partial scholarships to students studying at nine different Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Areen, a freshman at Bethlehem Unviersity studying English, writes: "Everyone is born with a dream, and my dream since I was a child to be someone who is active in improving and strengthening my community. English is a global language and will open the door to many routes in the future." 

These 100 students are studying to be nurses, accountants, teachers, pharmacists, lawyers, and more!

Thank you for supporting these bright young students to continue their education!

Oct 31, 2018

Library Corner in Gaza Kindergarten

Story time at Msader Kindergarten in Gaza!
Story time at Msader Kindergarten in Gaza!

With your support, we were able to make some renovations and improvements to a local kindergarten in Gaza serving 177 children. One of the improvements was the creation of a library corner filled with new story books, pop-up books, and educational picture books plus a comfortable space for group reading time. 

The kindergarten is located in Msader Village which is an agriculture village in the eastern part of occupied Gaza Strip. Many of the families are farmers who have suffered when Israeli forces bulldozed farm land and homes in the village. Before MECA's work in the kindergarten there was no library and there were not enough places for the children to sit. 

Retaj, one of the teachers, explained the effect of project including the library corner: "We can see the positive impacts on the children of the kindergarten, it improved the quality of education, provided required means for active learning and alleviated the psychological stress of children." 

Browsing the new books
Browsing the new books
 
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