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Feb 22, 2018

Field day, workshops, and sports!

Warming up for football (soccer) practice
Warming up for football (soccer) practice

This project continues to bring joy and new skills to the girls participating.

In December, all 240 girls were invited to a Field Day on the beach in Gaza. Project staff and volunteers from different community organizations worked together to prepare a special day of fun. The girls had a chance to try a few more sports activities including bowling, jump rope, and relay races. 

During the past months, the girls also received support from professional trainers in how to constructively express themselves.

We had to take a break during exams and winter holidays but the project is back and the girls continue to be enthusiastic participants. One staff member comments "One of the tangible indicators for their interest is that on the training days’, the girls dress the sport uniform from their homes. They all attend the school ready for the training which tells that it is exerting a positive impact on their daily lives."

Jumping rope
Jumping rope
Feb 22, 2018

112 students at 10 Palestinian universities!

With your support, MECA is providing full or partial scholarships to 112 students at 10 Palestinian universities.

These students would not be able to continue their education without a scholarship. They are studying to be the next generation of nurses, special education teachers, pharmacists, journalists, lawyers and everything in between. 

The students, their families, and the universities thank you for your commitment to education!

Here's a few of the notes we received this year:

"My desire to continue my education and my specialty in midwifery and my family's bad financial situation pushed me to apply to you to try to get this scholarship... Because of my father's work situation I can't continue without support. The occupation demolished our house a few years ago which pushed my father to be in debt because he tried to build a new house for us to continue to live. I count on God and you to help me and support me with this scholarship. I hope to graduate from the health professions college as a midwife." - Sana, Bethlehem University

"Thank you very much for your assistance and help to our needy students" - Muna, Hebron University

"We are grateful for your help, your trust, and your commitment to our mission. On behalf of the Birzeit community, thank you wholeheartedly for your kind support." - Laurance, Birzeit University

"Thank you very much for your help which enable me to continue my study." - Noora, An-Najah University

Feb 5, 2018

2500 kids in Shujaia with clean water plus new VIDEO and more!

Kids at Yasmin Kindergarten say thanks
Kids at Yasmin Kindergarten say thanks

With your support of the Maia Project on Giving Tuesday, MECA raised enough funds to build a new water purification unit to serve 2500 children at Shujaia Boys School! The unit has been built and installed and we will share photos in our next report of the children and the sign thanking you, the people who made this work possible.

A second new unit was just installed at Al Yasmeen Kindergarten in Gaza City. The funds for this unit were provided by ConnectHer. 

And four more large units are under construction!

We also wanted to be sure to share this new video about the Maia Project and all we have accomplished together over the last 10 years! https://youtu.be/qob6QGrmXrs

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