MECA's Palestine Blog

Jul 18, 2016

By Cathy Shields and Mona Halaby

Jul 12, 2016

By Safaa El-Derawi, MECA Water Engineer and Gaza Project Coordinator

Jun 9, 2016

Last fall, MECA supported a project to promote reading in schools in the West Bank city of Nablus and nearby refugee camps. The Palestine Writing Workshop (PWW) brought books into high schools, read and discussed them with the students; created a small mobile libraries, brought writers to visit; and formed ongoing book clubs. For younger children, interactive storytelling and puppet shows honed their listening skills and gave them a sense of how much fun reading can be.

Jan 20, 2016

The actions of the new Palestinian generation living under Israeli occupation are shocking the world. Naturally, the media focuses on the random knife attacks against Israeli settlers.  But there have also been dozens of demonstrations and hundreds of acts of civil disobedience by Palestinians in the last several months.

Jan 13, 2016

As most of you know, water issues have been a special concern of mine and the Middle East Children’s Alliance for a number of years.  Through our Maia Project we have built and installed water purification systems at schools throughout Gaza so thousands of children—and their families—can have clean water to drink.

Drinking clean water; I can’t imagine anything more basic.

Dec 17, 2015

Report from Gaza by Safaa El Derawi, MECA Project Assistant

More than a year after the Israeli aggression on the Gaza strip in 2014, the situation here continues to get worse. The Israeli siege destroys any chance of living a decent life, the houses are still damaged and the feelings of pain, loss, and sorrow are still there in the depth of our hearts. Gaza's wounds are still open and will not heal very soon.

Oct 7, 2015

I was in Gaza in April and from the way it looked, and the way people were forced to live, you would have thought the bombing had stopped only a few weeks earlier. Rubble was everywhere. Whole neighborhoods were flattened to the ground.

Jul 15, 2015

By Safaa El-Derawi, MECA's Project Assistant in Gaza

The situation is really very bad especially in Khuza’a, Shejayia, and other areas close to the border where most of the houses were erased during the attack one year ago. People are still living in tents and trailers and surrounded by remains of homes.

Nothing has changed since the war.

People are trying to survive and get their basic needs met however they can. It is very sad to see many people begging, asking for money in the streets. Gaza wasn’t like this before. I notice how much it hurts deep inside them to do this.

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